Unable to find a seat, you find yourself squeezed up against a sweaty elbow, with at least five stops before you can get some fresh air.
Does anyone actually enjoy commuting? Strangely, a new survey by workplace designers Maris Interiors suggests that one in four of us do.
In Britain, the average commute clocks in at 43 minutes in each direction, with London enjoying the longest commutes at a painful 71 minutes, and Wales the shortest at 25 minutes. So wherever you live, it’s likely that you need to leave the house pretty early each morning.
With around two hours of your life wasted every day through travel, it’s hard to see how anyone could enjoy the experience. Yet still 26% of respondents find the journey “relaxing”, or appreciate the extra time it gives them to get some work done.
“I suppose the people who run or cycle to work might enjoy it, although even that could also become a chore,” thinks David Cannon, Managing Director of Maris Interiors. “But only some sort of robot could enjoy being stuck in traffic on the M4 for two hours. A very patient robot.”
Notes For The Editor:
Maris Interiors LLP is the UK’s leading specialist in workplace design and creation. The company design and create world class working environments for occupiers throughout the UK and continental Europe. Their team of experts has extensive and in-depth knowledge of how good design can substantially improve business performance, save vast amounts of money and help retain and attract key people.
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