No need to quit the day job (sorry). But a few wellplaced words with your boss could make all the dif­fer­ence to you both

Men's Health (UK) - - 2017 Survival Guide -

The Fear Work might spike your stress lev­els but get­ting there is even worse, with a long com­mute rais­ing your odds of de­pres­sion by 33% – mak­ing it 40% more likely you’ll suf­fer fi­nan­cial prob­lems and in­creas­ing your obe­sity risk by 21%. In short, our re­liance on planes, trains and au­to­mo­biles is run­ning your health into the ground.

The Truth Ac­cord­ing to the Royal So­ci­ety for Pub­lic Health, the av­er­age com­mute is 56 min­utes – al­most an en­tire work­ing day per week. Lon­don­ers spend an ex­tra 23 min­utes get­ting to and from the of­fice, which, de­pend­ing on your point of view, may well serve them right. But, what­ever your post­code, the long slog to work is bad news, with the ONS find­ing that af­ter the first 30 min­utes of com­mut­ing, each sub­se­quent minute sig­nif­i­cantly slashes your life sat­is­fac­tion. And it isn’t as sim­ple as suck­ing it up; The Amer­i­can Jour­nal of Pre­ven­tive Medicine found your to-and-fro leads to high blood pres­sure and higher choles­terol, while daily travel en­cour­ages de­pres­sion, anx­i­ety and so­cial iso­la­tion. A steep price to pay for spend­ing an hour a day with your face stuck in a stranger’s armpit.

The Plan Stay at home. If you’ve been in your job more than 26 weeks, you’re legally en­ti­tled to re­quest flex­i­ble work­ing. “It can be any­thing from re­duced hours to work­ing from home,” says em­ploy­ment lawyer Philip Lan­dau (lan­daulaw.co.uk). Ex­plain to your boss how do­ing so will im­prove your ef­fi­ciency and be pre­pared to ne­go­ti­ate; three days at home is punch­ing, one or two is more rea­son­able. Re­mem­ber: em­ploy­ers want happy and healthy em­ploy­ees, too.


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