Feeling the Winter Freeze With your Commute?

Now that the first signs of winter weather have hit the UK, many employees will be having second thoughts about their daily commute. 

In the radiant July sunshine, getting to the office and back will have been relatively stress-free, with traffic being the only regular obstacle. However, wet roads and cold temperatures pose a threat to motorists and people using public transport. 

In the coming weeks, rain, wind and fallen leaves could all cause issues for trains and buses; particularly the former. Every year, a number of trains are delayed or cancelled because of leaves blocking lines across the country. 

For something we associate with cosy autumn nights, leaves really can be a pest! 

However, autumn only has a minimal impact on transport in comparison to winter, when snow and ice create hazards throughout the UK’s transport infrastructure. 

Simply put, the country is not prepared to handle the adverse conditions that come with winter, leading to large numbers of delays and closed roads. 

For those heading to their workplace, these conditions are particularly aggravating, causing staff to be late to their office and increasing their workload at a time of year when they should be relaxing and enjoying time with their family. 

How long should you travel to work? 

Some people are luckier than others when it comes to location. If you are born and raised in London, you will be able to take advantage of the capital’s efficient transport infrastructure, enabling you to get anywhere in the city where there are a range of jobs.

On the other hand, other regions do not have the same amount of opportunities and may only have limited transport options; particularly in rural areas. In some areas of the UK, staff need to travel an hour or more to get to work - that’s ten hours a week spent behind the wheel or on public transport. 

Obviously, there is the option of relocating, but this could be simply impossible for some. If the travelling is getting you down and your job is not reaching your own expectations, why not explore the jobs market and see what is out there?

Start a new challenge!

If, after looking at the advantages and disadvantages of your current role, you decide to look for another position, you should have an open mind. 

Have a think; do you need to stay in your current town, or could you move anywhere? Rather than spending your mornings and evenings on the road, you could go to the gym, learn a new language or simply get home earlier to relax for longer. 

Spending less time travelling will have a dramatic effect on your mental and physical health, too. Even if you do not notice it, so many hours spent journeying to work will have an impact on your stress levels and wellbeing. 

A new role with a shorter commute will make it easier for you to maintain a work/life balance, but make sure you go for a job that is a step in the right direction for your career. 

If moving town or city is impossible, enquire about working from home, or look for jobs that can be completed remotely. As companies aim to keep their staff loyal, there is more emphasis on flexible working, with managers now reacting swiftly to the demands of their workforce. 

Speak to your recruiter about the local market 

If you are happy with your living circumstances but discontented with the travel involved, speak to a recruiter about more local vacancies.

Even if you are based in a rural area with seemingly few opportunities, there is always the chance that a great role closer to home could appear. 

As businesses realise the high costs involved with living in London, more managers are turning to the UK’s other regions to set up their headquarters and operations; meaning there could be plenty of new opportunities. 

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