How long do you think the average commute is in the UK? We asked 2,000 people* how long it takes them to get to work, and the average is just over 32 minutes each way. Most people (57 per cent) travel to work by car, with a further 10 per cent on the train/ tube and 10 per cent on the bus. Interestingly, some people would really value a reduced commute time, so much so that they would consider a pay cut in order to get it. In fact, 17 percent of employees would take a pay cut of 1-10% in order to halve their commuting time. A further 12 percent of employees would take a pay cut of 11-25%, which is not an insignificant amount of money.
With some British workers willing to earn less for a better work-life balance, we take a look at employers which recognise the daily grind and have put in place steps to help their employees have a better commute.
What They Do: Professional services network offering accounting and consulting services.
How They Make the Commute Better: Agile working, flexible working environments and collaborative working spaces.
What Employees Say: “Good middle management and senior management. Agile working gives a degree of flexibility that really does help those who have family commitments or long commutes.” – Current Employee
What They Do: Train ticket retailer
How They Make the Commute Better: Flexible working from home options plus showers and bike storage for those that want to be green and cycle in.
What Employees Say: “Lots of company perks: fruit, soft drinks, pizza, great location, beer on Fridays, social events, salsa classes, board games night, yoga, showers & bike storage, big training budget, flexibility to work from home (perms and contractors), 2x company parties a year.” – Current Employee
What They Do: Entertainment company
How They Make the Commute Better: Free shuttle bus from three closest stations to head office, plus bike shelters and showers and an on-site cycle shop.
What Employees Say: “There are a good range of benefits. Support for cyclists is particularly good with many showers available around the campus. There is also a wide range of catering outlets offering subsidised meals.” – Current Employee
What They Do: Financial services provider
How They Make the Commute Better: Bike to work scheme and flexible working.
What Employees Say: “From totally free fun-days for staff and their families, to subsided restaurants and an on-site gym at the head-office, the range of “outside of work” benefits are enormous (just this week I signed up for my bike on the “cycle to work” scheme). And in the working environment you can expect the ability to work flexibly both in terms of time and location, serious investment in training and development and candid feedback on your performance. If you want to work in a forward facing, progressive, “challenge and reward” culture, then this is the place for you.” – Current Employee
What They Do: Pharmaceutical company
How They Make the Commute Better: Shuttle bus from stations and bike to work scheme.
What Employees Say: “Very competitive salary with fantastic amenities (shuttle buses, bicycle scheme, onsite services like dry cleaning). Lovely buildings with transport links between all.” – Former Employee
What They Do: Outsourced contact centres
How They Make the Commute Better: 100% working from home with flexible hours and no travel.
What Employees Say: “No commuting! As a home agent you never need to face the weather, the traffic jams, the rush hour (or have perfect hair!). Choosing your own shifts means your work/life balance is in your own hands. The virtual office has a chat room so you can still mingle with your colleagues, keep up to date with everyone and not isolated.” – Current Employee
What They Do: Research tool supplier to life scientists
How They Make the Commute Better: Flexible working.
What Employees Say: “Fun, friendly, flexible and fast paced. Extremely can do culture and generally very non-political and collaborative. Employees are listened to and action is taken when issues arise. The business is very ambitious and is growing fast. The opportunities for career development are broadening also. Health and well-being is taken seriously and Abcam really seems to care about its people. Truly global working environment.” – Current Employee
What They Do: Online insurer
How They Make the Commute Better: Bike to work scheme and season ticket loan.
What Employees Say: “The office is quite central so it’s easy to get to. The colleagues are very friendly and helpful. We also get season ticket loan, on-site subsidised canteen, esure 4U which is a voluntary benefit platform which includes; cycle to work scheme, discounts on mobiles and laptops, etc. We have dress down day the last Friday of every month and the money raised goes to charity!” – Current Employee
What They Do: Tube, rail and bus network for London
How They Make the Commute Better: Free travel on TfL network and flexible working hours.
What Employees Say: “Free travel (including free travel for a nominated family member). Great pension. Good holiday allowance. Flexible hours. Good work/life balance having a 35 hour working week.” – Current Employee
*The Glassdoor survey of 2,000 people was conducted within Great Britain by OnePoll on behalf of Glassdoor from 01/02/17-06/02/17.