Since the UK first went into lockdown, businesses had to adapt some of their processes to continue operating. Many companies allowed employees to work from home wherever possible, which was a significant change for many employees.
Employees who were used to workspaces like an office environment had to work remotely and didn’t have the familiarity of their colleagues to help them get through the workday. Some workers were trying to juggle homeschooling children while trying to stay on top of their day-to-day duties.
It’s now been over a year, and many UK employees are still working from home. There’s no denying that working from certainly has its perks, but for some workers, one thing about not heading into an office each day has come as a surprise.
A new survey from Hunt’s Office found that out of 800 workers, 69% said they miss the daily commute. Before you start thinking that people miss busy roads and motorways, late trains, and missed buses, we should point out that that isn’t necessarily the case.
So what do UK workers miss about the daily commute?
When you think about it, heading to and from work each day involves time to yourself. Whether it’s a short commute or a couple of hours out of your day, the time you spend travelling to and from work is time you can put your music or radio on, or squeeze in time for your favourite podcast or a chapter of a book. 29% of respondents said this is what they miss the most about the commute.
It’s important to try and still make some time for yourself while working from home. Just setting aside an hour each day to enjoy reading, listening to music, or even having a coffee, can be highly beneficial for you.
Talking to other people
Working from home can be lonely sometimes, especially on days where there’s not much interaction with coworkers. 22% of people miss chatting to others on their commute. From saying hi to the person you used to get the train with of a morning, or if you’d chat in your local shop each day, that social interaction has been a substantial contributing factor to people feeling low throughout lockdown.
Try to keep in touch with family, friends, and colleagues as much as you can. Whether it’s a simple text message to check in or a long phone call to pass some time, talking to others will keep your mind busy and help the day go by a little bit quicker. The good news is that if you feel like 69% of respondents and miss the daily commute, as lockdown restrictions continue to ease over the coming months, it won’t be long before businesses are back in offices and you can make the most of your commute once again.