City of commuters
New figures offer an insight into our journeys to work, and you’ll never guess which mode of transport tops the list. Well, okay, you will. But it’s getting more expensive.
August 19, 2010 11:51 by Samuel Potter
“To tackle the damaging effects of commuting on staff health and morale, savvy businesses are introducing more flexibility in their working practices and are seeking workplace solutions that allow their staff to work closer to home,” said Mark Dixon, CEO of Regus. “Remote working and flexi-time can provide a much needed break in the weekly commuting routine and also translate into office space and maintenance savings,”
And that wouldn’t be the only saving. The survey results correspond to news in the papers this week that fuel costs in the UAE are expected to rise yet again this year. Zawya.com reported that petrol could hit AED 10 per gallon before the year is out.
An Emirates 24-7 poll found a majority of residents would object to such a move. But in truth it seems that UAE car-using commuters don’t have too much to complain about. According to Regus, on average 7 percent of commuters globally spend 10 percent or more of their salary on commuting, but in the UAE the average spend for commuting is 4 percent of yearly salary. Only 8 percent of respondents spend 10 percent or over of their yearly take-home salary to fund their commute while 14 percent spend between 5-10 percent.
The release from Regus says there is “medical research indicating that commuting-induced stress can be responsible for raised blood pressure, musculoskeletal disorders, increased hostility and adverse effects on cognitive performance.” It says that is the reason Regus regularly surveys its one million plus business contacts base to discover the extent of their commuting.
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