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HRM CA | 16 Jul 2014, 03:55 AM Agree 0
Hour long commutes are damaging your employees’ marriages. Why is that HR's problem, and how you can help?
  • Desariella | 08 Jul 2013, 07:42 AM Agree 0
    Currently my commute is 2-2.5 hours a day each way. I live in Oshawa and work in downtown Toronto. Next year our office will be moving to Downsview and my commute will change to 2.5-3 hours each way.
  • Danielle | 08 Jul 2013, 08:32 AM Agree 0
    I have never understood why people commute long distances so that they can have a big backyard and large home outside of the city... if you are never home to enjoy it, what's the point of having it?!?!

    I would rather pay more to live in the city (and get less), but be able to enjoy what I have!
  • Audrey | 16 Jul 2014, 01:08 PM Agree 0
    Desariella, is it really worth? that's about a 14 hour day that you're not home.
    I can't even imagine doing that for anything other than an emergency situation like a family member in the hospital or something and in that case, I'd get a hotel room.

    Danielle, I agree. It's not worth if when you can't enjoy the time there.
  • Sue | 16 Jul 2014, 01:59 PM Agree 0
    I have heard so many ppl claim they just don't understand why ppl put up with long commutes to jobs and even accuse people of being greedy for a house with a yard. That tends to be short sighted attitude. People will put up with a long commute for a job that may provide a career advantage, benefits, or it's simply the only job available at that time.

    There are many factors in choosing to commute other than a house with a yard. Sometimes, it's a school that provides the necessary special needs program for your child or that you need to share a home with your parents due to limited income. Some people really are poor!

    Cramming a family of 4 into a 1 bedroom 600 square foot apartment with a 4 block commute to the nearest green space is just not healthy.

    Sometimes one partner in a couple works near home while the other commutes.

    Commuting more than 1 hour each way to a job is not new. Before the dual income households, bread winners were often commuting while the wife managed the home.

    Commuting outside the great metropolis cities is just as common. Long dreary drives on highways from one town to the next can be taxing as well. People find ways to help each other through it.

    It's not unusual to hear couples can walk to work in downtown Vancouver or Toronto from their 1 or 2 bedroom condo, but the kids need to bus it 1.5 hours or more to school because the school 1 block over is already full for the next 6 years or it's a private school and only the most affluent cash paying families can access education within a reasonable distance from home. (Whatever other exclusion criteria to access a school you want to add.)

    My point is, long commutes to work is driven by a variety of influencing factors. HR and management has their work cut for them when it comes to recruiting people to work in places that are difficult for their employees to live in.
  • Caroline | 16 Jul 2014, 02:11 PM Agree 0
    Commute times have increased over the years due to increased traffic congestion and urban sprawl. Over the last 20 years my commute has increased from 50 minutes one way to 1 hour 20 minutes or more and it will only get worse as traffic volumes increase.
  • jeffrey | 22 Jul 2014, 10:40 AM Agree 0
    Here's a thought; Why is it still so important to employers to be located at King and Bay in this information age???? The insurance industry gets it as many head offices are located in the Kitchener-Waterloo area where a young employee can actually own a home. Want to attract the best and brightest young talent??? Get out of the dirty, dingy, expensive, crowded downtown and see how that works!!!!
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