The dangers of Long Work Commutes
Lagos is a big city with big opportunities however traffic congestion in the city continues to trouble Lagosians. In search of bigger pay and better work environment, many people spend a greater part of their time on the road. According to statistics, Lagosians on an average spend six hours daily on the road. What this implies is that, at the end of every week, the average worker in Lagos would have succeeded in spending a whole day and six hours on the road; how amazing! All thanks to the incessant traffic gridlock in the city.
Having to cover a huge distance to work and back home daily does raise concerns. Long work commute causes stress, health problems and financial difficulties, unfortunately most persons have little or no solution to this.
Lagos is a crowded city in relation to its square area and its population continues to grow with reckless abandon. The consequence of this is that rents are ridiculously high especially in locations where job opportunities abound. For the average Nigerian worker, renting an apartment close to work place is almost impossible because you have to pay through your nose to make it happen. And that is why at Landlagos we have a mission to control and reverse the unfair and unrealistic inflation of property pricing that makes the average Nigerian unable to own their own. 95% of Nigerians cannot afford to own property with the current rate of property inflation. Landlagos is changing that by reversing incredulous pricing and pegging the inflation rate of land owned allowing you to own your own very affordably and making it impossible for surrounding property to over inflate over time.
Again, most people hardly stay long on a particular job. In a place where opportunities abound and the population is ever growing, job stability is on the decline. You may enjoy your job however when you think about the time you spend on the road to get to work, your perception about your job begins to change and possibly affect your output.
Lagos Island for instance has many promising jobs for Lagosians as compared to the mainland, albeit there are more people living on the mainland than on the Island. Habitually, most people who work on the island live on the mainland.
Sadly, these long work commutes often have a negative impact on the average commuter. Asides the stress of commuting to work and returning home at a time when traffic congestion is high, the average Nigerian worker has to spend their hard earned money on fuel, public transportation and food to sustain themselves for the long trip back home. But what comes unnoticed is the short to long term impact long work commutes has on their mental health and overall sense of well-being.
How do you balance earning a living, having to travel 3-6 hours to work every day and spending time with your family or even taking out time for yourself. Most Lagosians go back home after work completely drained and with only one thing on their minds – their bedroom.
Whether its traffic jams or crowded buses, the stress from traveling long distances surrounded by strangers is felt by many Lagosians. Despite these challenges and the negative impact of long commutes, the truth is that some persons’ actually don’t mind as long as they keep surviving.
If the traffic was non-existent some of us might not be bothered about having to commute long distances as long as we get to live where we like
It doesn’t matter if you commute to work in a private car or staff bus you are bound to still face daily perils and risks on the road that is bound to drain you of your time, energy and maybe finances. There is only one solution to this; living in a place that allows you spend between 30 mins-1 hour on the road to work, anything more could be detrimental to your overall well-being.