Sitting by the pool on holiday recently, I couldn’t help but eavesdrop on a conversation two mums were having about how difficult it had been returning to work in London after having their children and fantasising over how great it would be if they could work from home and not commute. Amongst other things, they discussed about having more time at the end of each day to work and not travel, being able to exercise more, spend more time with the kids, concentrate better with no one to distract them, getting rid of the dog walker, lower nursery fees etc. etc. Having left the corporate world a long time ago and spending a fair bit of time working out of a ‘home office’, I did have a bit of a chuckle over perception versus reality on this. Yet would I return to the world of commuting five days per week? Never!! According to the Office of National Statistics, “Commuters have lower life satisfaction, a lower sense that their daily activities are worthwhile, lower levels of happiness and higher anxiety on average than non-commuters”. Enough said.
It’s that time of year again – where anticipation runs high and dreams are either realised or shattered. What am I talking about – the Olympic Games in Rio? Winning medals or crashing out? Quite literally in the case of the cycling events! No I am talking about something much, much closer to home – the impending A-level results.