Study shows nearly a quarter of workers leave job over commute

U.S. & World

No surprise that frustrated commuters have just had enough when it comes standstill traffic back and forth to work each day, but what may be surprising is what some workers are willing to do about it.

Dawn Fay is a Senior Director with staffing agency Robert Half. She says, “We found that 23% of workers leave a job because of the commute.”

Robert Half recently conducted a survey and found one in five workers leaving a job to find one closer to home.

Says Fay, “When you think about it, a commute can be very stressful.  It can really play not only not your performance at work, but really into your work/live balance as well too, and you do it everyday!”

Indeed, on average, commuters are now spending close to an hour a day getting to and from work, according to the census bureau’s newly released American Community Survey Data for 2017. The average national commute is now 26.9 minutes each way, with some spending an hour each way.

“It’s important to talk to your employer to see if you can maybe have some flex time, as to when you start and stop to avoid those peak traffic times,” Fay adds. “Maybe you can work from home. Maybe there’s some carpooling and other things that the company can do to maybe help you alleviate some of that stress in the commute.”

She says as the country’s employment picture surges so will commute times.
 

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