LOS ANGELES—A recent study by the Robert Half employment agency has revealed that Southern California workers have on average the nation’s eighth-longest and most stressful commutes.
The agency surveyed over 2,700 workers in 27 different U.S. markets for the study, finding that the average commute for a Los Angeles resident comes in at 53.7 minutes. Southern California grabs the number one spot for most stressful trip due to the lack of public transportation options throughout the region.
By comparison, Washington D.C. –the market with the longest average commute time at 60.4 minutes- was ranked as the eighth-most stressful trip. Boston placed seventh on the list in terms of longest average round-trip commute, a spot above Los Angeles. Despite this, Bostonians reportedly enjoy only the thirteenth most stressful commute, alongside Denver, and Chicago.
Robert Half has also noted that commute times rank as a top concern for prospective employees considering job offers and that stressful commutes can impact job performance for employees across all industries.
“Good managers keep a constant gauge on team morale. You should continually talk to employees about their commutes to identify pain points and possible workarounds,” said Josh Howarth, district president for Robert Half. “Every organization is different, and no single magic bullet can solve all commuting problems.”
Howarth indicated that discussing issues sooner rather than later is of importance. “Winter weather and the end of daylight savings time often result in longer commutes. Get plans in place now to offer flexible options before workers feel the full impact,” said Howarth
Thirty percent of the workers surveyed in the study indicated that they believed their personal commute times were too long. The Robert Half organization was founded in 1948 by Bob and Maxine Half.
The full report can be found at: http://rh-us.mediaroom.com/2017-10-23-Ahead-Of-Halloween-Robert-Half-Reveals-U-S-Cities-With-Spookiest-And-Most-Stressful-Commutes?printable=1.
Written By Dylan Gera and Donald Roberts