THE European Court of Justice has confirmed what many of us have felt for years that travelling to work “is work”.
I speak as someone who works largely from my home these days and I haven’t commuted regularly for four years.
However, I used to live in Leicester and complete a two-hour journey on the train into central London every day.
I had a young family and missed much of their growing up just earning a living. It was brutal.
The court ruling was very specific about what constitutes travelling to work, in this latest ruling.
It only affects “mobile workers” who’s employers have forced them to go from having a permanent office base, provided by the employer, to working from home.
However, the news that such workers can now claim their journey to the first appointment as “work” got me thinking.
Travelling to work is a massive financial and physical burden that most of us accept as a necessary evil. I have a friend who daily posts a picture on Facebook of his nightmarish drive to work.
He is invariably stationary and in a massive queue of traffic. He loves his job but getting there is such a drain on his energy, time and pocket.
Why do we all do this to ourselves?
We all get up at silly o’clock to prepare for the day and then leave our homes, in unison, to travel to a central location to do work.
And then we do it all again in the evening before settling down to moan about the journeys we have undertaken and that we are dog tired.
For a lucky few of us, we are able to walk from the bedroom to the study to start our work.
I count my blessings that my commuting hell is largely a thing of the past.
No matter how you get to work, perhaps now is a good time to consider the impact of your journey to work and to have a think about how it impacts on you, your family and your pocket.