Seems strange to talk about a ‘happy commuter’ at the moment, with so many problems with the new C2C time table means they are few. However, there is a positive story about Jonny, the happy commuter from Leigh on sea.
Jonny works for a print company based in Bristol, where he originates from, however he is now living in Leigh-on-sea with his family.
Jonny works Monday and Tuesday in Bristol and the rest of the week from the companies London office in Shoreditch.
Monday he leaves early to be in Bristol for mid-morning, stays overnight and gets home 10.30pm on a Tuesday night. This meant he got to see very little of his wife and three young children. Wednesday morning, early, sometimes before the children even woke up, Jonny would leave the house to do the hour and a half long commute to the office in Shoreditch. When he returned he would grab a few moments with his children before their bedtime.
Jonny did the same on Thursday as he did on Wednesday and the same again on Friday.
Eventually after repeating this pattern for several weeks, Jonny realised this was no way to work.
This is the perfect example of how employers can and are willing to be flexible. It sometimes just takes you to present them with the idea!
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