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We draw from third party research conducted and published by business, government, military, universities, and research entities. Below are some thought provoking examples on topics including Performance, Turnover, Compensation, Healthcare, and Career Advancement.

Performance Losses per Commute Mile

Amazon, Google, Apple, Microsoft & Facebook

The tech giants will invest $2 billion on commute avoidance and workforce proximity – Amazon & Microsoft in Seattle, Google & Facebook in Silicon Valley, Apple in Austin. Its a competitive advantage.

Amazon, Microsoft, Apple, Google, Facebook.

Functional Loss
per Mile

Long commuters showed higher stress levels after commuting, as measured by salivary cortisol. Elevated cortisol levels correlated to lowered work focus, persistence, and accuracy.

Commuter Executive Function Research.

More Unhappy
per Mile

Many workers start the work day by first doing what they hate, according to Princeton’s Nobel prize winning behavior economist Daniel Kahneman.

Research summary
(Full research paper).

More Aggressive
per Mile

Research of work force populations finds workers with stressful commutes are prone to transfer aggression from their commute into the workplace.

Commuter Aggression at Work Research

Turnover per Commute Mile

Turnover
per Mile

23% of workers have left a job because of commute; 60% say their employer is unresponsive to their commute challenges. 

Commuter Turnover Research – Robert Half

Retention in Healthcare per Mile

A multi-year study of hospital workers finds those who moved close to work were retained, on average, 4.7 years longer than the general workforce.

Commuter Retention Case Study at Aurora Health

Retention in Manufacturing per Mile

The probability of quitting at one manufacturer jumped to more than 92% at 13 miles of commute radius, a 30-45 minute commute.

Turnover Research.

Compensation Loss per Commute Mile

Effective Payroll Value per Mile

Effective value of salary falls per commute mile. A study in the United Kingdom found a 20 minute increase in commute correlated to a 19% loss in payroll budget’s perceived value.

Long Commute Pay Perception
Short Commute Pay Perception.

Bonuses
per Mile

A 7-year hospital study found workers who moved close to work out performed peers. Closer workers earned more bonuses & promotions, if they were offered.

Proximate Worker Bonuses Aurora Healthcare

Flexibility & Wellness
per Mile

Staples 2019 Workforce Survey found that workers value flexibility and would take 10% less pay in return for more wellness benefits. Shorter commutes add to both flexibility and wellness.

Staples Commuter Flexibility Research

Divorce Rates
per Mile

Divorce rates rise per commute mile. When workers’ divorce rates rise, employers suffer both operational and financial losses.

Commuter Divorce Research

Health Costs per Commute Mile

US Population Health Indexed by Commute Mile

University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute predicts the cost contribution of long commutes to total population health costs for every county in the US.

Commuter Sickness by US County Index

Fatter or Fitter
per Mile

Per commute mile, exercise and sleep diminish while weight gain accelerates as reported in American Journal of Preventative Medicine.

Commuter Weight Gain Research.

Absent and Injured
per Mile

Illness, absenteeism, and injury each tend to increase per commute mile.

Commuter Absenteeism Research; Commuter Back Problem Research.

Depression
per Mile

UK study finds stress, anxiety and depression all rise with commute duration and intensity.

Commuter Depression Research.
Gallup Commuter Research.

Advancement per Commute Mile

Manager Support
per Mile

Research finds that managers are positively biased in favor of commuting workers who show up at the office over those who work from home.

MIT – Face-to-Face Time and Career Advancement Bias Research.

Executive Function
per Mile

Long commuters showed higher stress levels after commuting, as measured by salivary cortisol. Elevated cortisol levels correlated to lowered work focus, persistence, and accuracy.

Commuter Executive Function Research.

Hiring Biases
per Mile

Hiring managers’ biases toward an applicant’s commute distance and/or residential location can be as great a factor in hiring as race.

Harvard Business Review – Commuting Applicant Bias Research.
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