Poll Finds Commuters Willing to Trade Pay Cuts for Shorter Drive Times
Nearly half of the workers describe their commutes as unsatisfying and 36 percent say they’d be willing to take a pay cut – of 10 percent or more – in return for a shorter commute, according to a new CareerBuilder poll of more than 2,000 respondents.A third of workers surveyed describe their commutes as stressful. While most workers report that their commutes to work are 30-59 minutes long, 35 percent say they have trips between work and home of more than one hour. Eighty-one percent use a personal vehicle versus other means of public transportation.Diane Strahan, career expert and vice president of marketing for CareerBuilder, offered advice to automobile commuters on how to be safe, but make productive use of drive time:-- Complete cell phone calls in the driveway or parking lot.-- Designate drive time as creative thinking time.-- Negotiate for commute-friendly hours.-- Relax and seize the opportunity for solitude and work-life transitioning.The CareerBuilder commuter poll was conducted during June 2001. A total of 2,309 respondents participated in the poll that was published in Career News, CareerBuilder’s monthly e-mail newsletter that is sent to more than 1 million career-minded professionals each month.