A survey revealed that almost half of all employees want to work closer to home. However, only a small percentage of businesses have offices located near employees' homes.
Long commutes can be harmful to employee health, and commuting is rated as the "least satisfying activity" out of all the activities people engage in every day. The average commuting time in the U.S. is 26.1 minutes one-way. Therefore, it is not surprising that employees want to work in an office closer to their home.
Despite employees preferring to work close to home, most businesses have offices located near food or drink locations. Seventy percent of offices are in close proximity to restaurants and over 60 percent are located near coffee shops. However, less than a quarter of employees purchase their lunch at least three times a week.
Businesses who want to relocate their offices should consider the employee preference for offices located near their homes. However, with employees coming from many different places, it may be difficult to find an office location near the home of every employee. In order to combat this issue, experts recommend seeking office locations near public transport or providing ample parking or parking benefits. Sandeep Rathore "49% of Employees Say They Want to Work Close to Home" smallbiztrends.com (Sep. 10, 2019).
So, the question for our readers is: Are you considering shortening your employees' commutes?
Please take the poll. Here are some opinions of the McCalmon editorial staff:
Jack McCalmon, Esq.
Since most of us work from home most of the time, it is hard to see how we could shorten our commute. Commuting is never good. Commutes not only hurt productivity, but there are safety risks as well. When I do commute, I often see people speaking on their phones, or worse, texting while driving. It is always a good idea to have a policy that requires employees never to text while driving and to encourage pulling over and parking when speaking on a device.
Leslie Zieren, Esq.
Some large corporations have a policy that requires employees who live a certain distance from the office to utilize company-provided mass transportation, the thinking being that employees are safer when not driving in rush hour traffic. If an employee has a meeting outside the office or an appointment with a physician, the employee has to seek prior permission to drive to work and then the meeting. This policy also gives employees the freedom to use that commuting time for another purpose (ex. reading, listening to music); however, the downside is that employees have to be at the pickup locations at certain times at the beginning and end of the day.
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