Survey: This city has the most employees who quit over a bad commute

“Professionals may not need to put up with a lengthy or stressful trip to the office if there are better options available.”

New data from global staffing firm Robert Half shows that Chicago is the American city with the greatest amount of employees who say they quit their job over “a bad commute.” Overall, 23% of respondents said that they’ve quit for this reason, but those ages 18 to 34 were most likely to say so at 34%. This also was true for 28% of men and 20% of women.

An independent research firm surveyed more than 2,800 adult office employees “in 28 major U.S. cities.”

Cities with the most workers who’ve quit over their commute

Check them out:

1) Chicago

2) Miami

3) New York

4) San Francisco

Paul McDonald, senior executive director for Robert Half, commented on the research in a statement:

“Commutes can have a major impact on morale and, ultimately, an employee’s decision to stay with or leave a job,” he said. “In today’s candidate-driven market, skilled workers can have multiple offers on the table. Professionals may not need to put up with a lengthy or stressful trip to the office if there are better options available. … To help ease commuting woes, companies can offer remote work options, flexible scheduling or transportation amenities.”

What employers do to combat commuting issues

But while 39% surveyed say that their commute has “gotten better” within the past five years, 22% said it’s “worse,” and 39% said there’s been “no change.” In terms of age, those 18 to 34 were most likely to choose the “better” option at 56%, those 55 and older were most likely to pick the “worse” option at 26% and those 55 and older were also most likely to pick “no change” at 50%.

But among those who said it’s gotten “worse,” this is how their employer has tried to better their commute:

  • “My company hasn’t taken action:” 60%
  • “My hours are flexible so I don’t travel during rush hour:” 20%
  • “They allow me to work from home:” 14%
  • “They pay for public transportation:” 11%
  • “They pay for parking:” 10%
  • “They provide carpools/vanpools/shuttles:” 8%

Furthermore, the most workers in these cities say that “their commute has gotten worse:”

1) Seattle

2) Denver

3) San Francisco & Austin (tie)

Jane Burnett|is a reporter for Ladders and can be reached at jburnett@theladders.com.