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The Commute Is A Nightmare For Many

The Commute Is A Nightmare For Many

  • In countries like the US, China, and the UK, the average round-trip commute is nearly an hour-time that remote workers have become accustomed to redirecting toward more productive or enjoyable activities
  • The trade-offs are even worse for super-commuters.
  • Roughly 10% of Americans slog through commutes of an hour or more each way.
  • Commutes are an obstacle to employees' sense of well-being.

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The Employer Dilemma

The Employer Dilemma

If employers were to recognize commutes as part of standard working hours, they might be less likely to hire people who lived farther away from the office.

The pandemic era has underscored the need for companies to overhaul their conceptions of the role that work plays in employees’ lives.

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What Companies Can Do

What Companies Can Do

Allow employees to count the commute as part of their work day instead

This might shorten employees' time in the office to just six or seven hours a day.

If companies find the idea of sacrificing extra hours of work to be unacceptable, they should reflect on why they’re so comfortable asking employees to give up the same amount of time from their own days.

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The Case for Compensating Workers for Their Commutes

The Case for Compensating Workers for Their Commutes

Commutes are not strictly defined as working hours, but there are examples of policies that show there's room for interpretation.

The European Union passed a law in 2016 ruling that if companies require workers to drive around visiting customers or clients, they must pay workers for commute time, and count it toward the 48 hours at which the EU caps the workweek.

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