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Kill the Commute with Telework

Tired of your commute? You’re not alone: the average American commute is 25.4 minutes each way. Working off data released by the US Census Bureau this week, WNYC threw together an excellent national map of average commute times by zip code. Find your city down below and compare your commute to the averages, and when you’re done visualizing our nation’s daily collective waste of time, consider the following:

There are 10.8 million Americans who travel at least an hour each way to get to work and 600,000 who “mega-commute” more than 90 minutes and 50 miles every day.

Working from home can decrease greenhouse gas emissions caused by commuting, lead to a more positive work-life balance and, according to a new study by Beijing University and Stanford University, increase productivity:

We report the results of a WFH experiment at CTrip, a 16,000-employee, NASDAQ-listed Chinese travel agency. Call center employees who volunteered to WFH were randomly assigned to work from home or in the office for 9 months

Home working led to a 13% performance increase, of which about 9% was from working more minutes per shift (fewer breaks and sick-days) and 4% from more calls per minute (attributed to a quieter working environment).

As this year’s Telework Week winds to a close, ask yourself: wouldn’t it be nice to take back all that time spent in a car or on the train?


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