Women ‘suffer more than men’ with commuting
The daily commute to and from work has more of detrimental impact on woman than men, according to a new survey.
Researchers from the London School of Economics (LSE) and the University of Sheffield found that women were more likely to suffer mentally than men because they were more conscious of the “time wasted” getting to work and back again.
In particular, women with other responsibilities, like looking after pre-school age children, looking after the house and doing the daily chores, were most sensitive to suffering with travel.
Jennifer Roberts, professor of economics at the University of Sheffield, said: “These time-constraints and the reduced flexibility that comes with them make commuting stressful in a way that it wouldn’t be otherwise.”
Paul Dolan, professor of social policy at the LSE, added: “Of course men also experience competing demands on their time, and so it may simply be that they are less affected by the psychological costs of commuting.”
Recent research from Aviva found that almost third of workers missed lunch because of heavy workloads.