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Emailing during the commute should count as work says UWE study

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People who are regularly using their journeys to 'catch up' with work should have their commute counted as time at the office according to new research

A project by the University of the West of England quizzed more than 5000 train passengers to see how they used free wifi and mobile data.

If travel time were to count as work time, there would be many social and economic impacts, as well as implications for the rail industry. It may ease commuter pressure on peak hours and allow for more comfort and flexibility around working times.

However it may also demand more surveillance and accountability for productivity.

– Dr Juliet Jain, UWE
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Researchers found many respondents expressed how they consider their commute as time to 'catch up' with work, before or after their traditional working day.

Their interviews also found out the transitional time allowed people to switch roles, for example from being a parent getting the kids ready for school in the morning to a business director during the day.

The team compared their findings with how companies in Scandinavia treated their working day, where some people in Norway are able to count travel time as part of their working day.