When we started building WorkHere, we thought helping people find jobs closer to home was a great idea. It turns out the daily commute to work is shockingly expensive in terms of time, money and health for both workers and employers.
Long Commutes are Expensive
“Every mile you drive costs $795 per year.” — source: Pete (Mr. Money Mustache)
That $795 number assumes you drive a very efficient car and get 25 miles per gallon. So, a 10 mile commute will cost you about $7950 per year, and that doesn’t even take into account your health. Even if that $795 is off by 50%, it’s still $3975 a year.
A Long Commute Does Terrible Things to Your Body and Brain
Driving to work increases blood sugar, blood pressure, anxiety, and depression risk. — Time Magazine
It kind of puts a new perspective on “my drive to work is killing me.”
Even worse, according to Time, long commutes do bad things to your cardiovascular fitness, sleep patterns and are associated with a decline in satisfaction with life. That’s a decline in satisfaction with life, not just your job.
Interestingly enough, long commutes do bad things to employers, too.
Employers: Long Commutes Create Disgruntled People
For Employers, the cost of a commute comes in the form of disgruntled workers that are more likely to turn over:
40% — Percent of German employees that report they are ‘disgruntled’ who drive over 40 minutes (source: Scientific American)
Here’s an interesting thought, what would change if you cut half the time from your commute? Would you be happier with work? Happier with life? What would you do with the time?
Mike Seidle is the Chief Operating Officer and a cofounder of WorkHere. Mike has split his career between sales and marketing and building software. Prior to building WorkHere, Mike founded Indy Associates, Virtual Payment Systems and Professional Blog Service. Mike also served as Director of Development for DirectEmployers Association where he helped architect the National Labor Exchange and served on the board of directors for the HR Open Standards Consortium.