Commuting to and from work: The impact on workplace compensation claims

Despite the fact that commuting is an important part of the day for those who work, the detrimental effects of this activity have long been established. Much literature has established that travel mode to and from work can negatively affect worker health and wellbeing (e.g., higher depression and anxiety low satisfaction in life). These results suggest that commuting in a car can negatively affect quality of life. Commuting is also likely to place individuals at greater risk of workplace injury. Commuting is a lifestyle choice and greater distances travelled between home and work places an even greater demand on workers’ time. This creates a problem given that the inability to maintain an appropriate work-life balance has been identified as a factor influencing the psychological health of the workforce. The physical health of the workforce may also be influenced by commuting. Travelling longer distances is likely to increase the effects of fatigue, including difficulty in maintaining alertness and vigilance. Thus, there is strong evidence to suggest that workers’ physical and psychological safety, health and wellbeing are likely to be influenced by commuting and that this relationship is likely to be exacerbated in those workers who commute longer distances. This program of research will explore this issue.

This thesis would be supervised by Assoc Prof Sharon Newnam and Assoc Prof Janneke Berecki-Gisolf.

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