One in six people works from home because they can’t buy enough fuel to commute to work every day, according to a new study.
As panic about buying fuel swept across the country, many workers were faced with huge queues at gas stations, closed forecourts or empty tanks, a report said.
A survey by the personnel company Randstad of nearly 450 adults found that one in six said they cannot get to work if they do not use public transport, ride a bike or walk.
Around every twentieth person said they went to their office to avoid high gas bills at home in view of rising heating costs.
Randstad’s Graham Trevor said, “Although we have worked hard to ensure that our employees have the freedom to change their working hours between office and home, there will always be uncontrollable factors such as bad weather conditions or, in this case, an unforeseen lack of fuel that could prevent her from getting to the office.
“We need to make sure that we as employers encourage and encourage a flexible work environment where appropriate, and reassure employees that they have the freedom and the right tools to work effectively from home when needed.”