A recent survey from LinkedIn shows that one-quarter of 3,000 full-time U.S. workers have safety concerns about their commute.
As employers usher their workers back into the office, some professionals are expressing issues with the commute in terms of safety and wellbeing.
In fact, 40% of respondents said that working from home has had a positive impact on their mental health, particularly because daily commutes come with anxiety and pressure. This makes it clear why workers are reluctant to return to a pre-pandemic work environment that some companies are trying to push.
While the lack of commute has had clear benefits on the mental health of workers, as well as the environment, its downsides have also come to the forefront in recent months.
“After agency employees no longer had to commute to the office, they gained valuable time back in their days,” said Sasha Martens, founder and president of the New York talent recruitment firm Sasha The Mensch. “But what they lost was the clear distinction between work and home life.”
The lack of boundaries between home and work has led employees to desire more from their work arrangements, which is why it is crucial for leaders to make appropriate adjustments to their work models if they want to attract and retain top talent.