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Bad commutes may drive professionals to leave jobs: Robert Half

September 24 2018

The drive to work may be driving some professionals to quit, suggests new research released today by Robert Half. According to the research, 23% of employees have left a job because of a bad commute.

Among workers in the 28 US cities surveyed, respondents in Chicago, Miami, New York and San Francisco have most often resigned for this reason.

“Commutes can have a major impact on morale and, ultimately, an employee’s decision to stay with or leave a job,” said Paul McDonald, senior executive director for Robert Half. “In today’s candidate-driven market, skilled workers can have multiple offers on the table. Professionals may not need to put up with a lengthy or stressful trip to the office if there are better options available.”

Thirty-nine percent of survey respondents reported their commute has gotten better in the past five years, 22% said it has worsened and 39% reported no change.

Sixty-six percent of women and 51% of men said their company hasn't taken action to address employees’ commute concerns.

“To help ease commuting woes, companies can offer remote work options, flexible scheduling or transportation amenities,” McDonald said.

The report’s survey was developed by Robert Half and conducted by an independent research firm. It includes responses from more than 2,800 adult workers employed in office environments in 28 major US cities.

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