Why Remote Workers Don't Miss Their Commutes

The recent adjustment to remote work due to the COVID-19 pandemic has certainly had it's challenges. But one thing most of us can agree on is that we don't miss our commutes! The packed trains, the late busses, the miles of traffic... who wants to start or end their day that way?

In our recent survey of over 2000 global employees, we asked some questions about employee commute times, transportation types and how they felt about it. The survey revealed that: 

  • 61% of respondents drive to work. 
  • 76% are concerned with the impact their commute has on the environment
  • 61% of respondents believe that working from home would reduce their carbon footprint
  • 2/3 of commuters who drive spend 30-90 minutes commuting, with nearly 10% spending over 90 minutes in the car every day. 

The overall
average commute time was about 51 minutes per day. That's about 4.5 hours per week, or 200 hours per year! We did some brainstorming on what that time could be spent doing that was more productive, or at the very least, more fun. Click through the animation below to some more creative ways to spend that time:


Saving an average of 51 minutes commuting each day is only one of the benefits our survey identified. Business leaders are considering how to more permanently weave remote and flexible working into their culture having seen the many positive impacts that working remotely has on their staff. But there's a lot to it, from company culture impacts to IT infrastructure. Our Anywhere Worker Guidebook helps leaders, managers, IT, and HR departments navigate all the ins-and-outs of becoming a company that enables and supports flexible work, including some challenges you may not have thought of. Get the guide today to hone a business continuity strategy for today's more flexible working world!