The American commute has changed drastically over the last two decades.
As more and more American business shift into a more friendly work atmosphere for workers including increased attention to their personal being, 62% more people are working from home compared to 2000, the largest change in commuting methods, according to a new study.
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The study by TrueCar analyzed data from the American Community Survey to compile data in order to get an idea of how America commutes and where it’s going to be heading in the future.
Remote access, which has become a new norm in the workforce, benefits both the employer and employee, according to the survey. Workers are able to avoid commutes while businesses can enjoy reduced operational costs and access a wider pool of talent.
Compared to the start of the century, nearly double the amount of Americans (46%) are using motorcycles or scooters when going to work. Taxi commutes nearly doubled as well.
The rise in remote access has started hotbed towns where employees aren’t going to the office. When looking over a five-year period between 2012 to 2017, 12.9% of Bend-Redmond, OR worked from home in 2017, a 7.3% increase from 2012. Other areas that saw large increases included Hanford-Corcoran, CA, Wenatchee, WA, and Asheville, NC.
A recent survey of work-from-homers found that 75% enjoyed the comfort of their home offices that they wished they could work remotely forever. The reasoning behind that varied but comfort was at the top with almost half to the workers admitting to working from their beds for an average of 11 hours a week.
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