According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 86 percent of Americans over the age of 16 drive to work. While telecommuting capabilities are beginning to reduce workers’ dependence on the daily commute, the process is still a major component of the U.S. business landscape.
More importantly, commutes can take a toll on employee morale and satisfaction, as the daily grind can be stressful, especially with schedule-oriented companies.
For that reason, employers and HR management may want to consider offering greater schedule flexibility and telecommuting options. If an employee feels less stressed to arrive at a certain location at a specific time, their attitude will likely improve and the business itself may notice improved productivity levels.
It may be beneficial to implement a wider window for workers’ expected time of arrival. Not only will this serve to reduce stress in the office, it may also help to lessen reckless driving among employees rushing to get to work on time.
Additionally, working from home from time to time may give workers a much needed break from their commutes.
What are some other ways managers can lessen the impact of a stressful commute?