Few workers enjoy the hassle of commuting to the office five days a week.
Studies show that commuting is the main reason many don't want to stop working from home.
The daily travel grind is costly, time-consuming, and can be mentally draining.
While Elon Musk may think remote work is "morally wrong," the pandemic proved that being in the office is not essential to doing a wide range of jobs.
However, many aren't interested in giving up working from home completely — and some would even take a pay cut to keep that flexibility.
And studies suggest that commuting is the main reason employees don't want to go back to the office full time because reclaiming commuting time has allowed many to spend more time on hobbies or with friends and family.
The toll of commuting
Public transport, especially in places like New York City or London, can be painfully expensive.
Those who drive to work don't fare much better. American drivers spend an average of $1,771 a year on insurance alone, while those in New York also spend about $764 on gas, according to Bankrate, a mortgage-comparison website.
A recent report by the Centre for Cities, a UK think tank, suggested that policymakers "encourage the benefits of office working while reducing the costs to workers of doing so."
But Paul Swinney, its policy-and-research director, told Insider that employers could say that salaries cover commuting costs, leaving companies "reluctant to set a precedent."
Some have suggested satellite offices as a compromise that would still allow workers flexibility. However, Swinney said these offices don't always equal face time with colleagues and could mean paying "the cost of travel without getting the benefit."
But many workers don't just regard commuting as a waste of money. They also see it as a "complete waste of time" too, according to Mark Dixon, the CEO of the flexible-office company International Working Group. "They don't want to do it," he told CNBC in March.
In 2019 the average journey took 27.6 minutes, according to the US Census Bureau, while almost 10% spent at least an hour traveling.
Commuting can also affect mental health, according to Psychology Today. It reported that commuting had "significant psychological and social costs," adding that "commuters can experience boredom, social isolation, anger, and frustration from problems like traffic or delays."
A 2016 report from the UK Royal Society for Public Health found that more than half of those surveyed said their commutes caused them increased stress.
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