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SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 24, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Scoop, the largest enterprise carpooling solution in the country, today unveiled the results of its first-annual State of the American Commute report, which offers key insights and a better understanding of the impact of lengthening commutes on American workers’ physical, financial, and emotional well-being. The report, which highlights how commuting leads to lower productivity, higher costs, longer workdays, and different lifestyle choices, is based on a survey of more than 7,000 workers in 16 major metropolitan regions across the United States.
"Nearly three-quarters of commuters in the U.S. drive alone to work today, and their commutes are getting longer – a paradigm that exists in part because American workers are increasingly finding it difficult to live close to where they work," said Rob Sadow, Co-Founder and CEO, Scoop. "As a result, commutes are getting more painful. Our research suggests that employers must find ways to support alternative commutes to mitigate the commute's impact on their employees' health, productivity, and satisfaction at work – ultimately helping to reduce attrition."
Work Requirements, Cost of Living Responsible for Majority of Solo Commutes
American workers have attempted alternative modes of transportation, such as public transit (37.9% of respondents), carpooling, (23.4%), or bicycling (12.8%), but many revert back to driving alone to work via single-occupancy vehicle (SOV) trips. The most common reasons cited for returning to driving alone are tied to respondents’ relationship with work:
While work may force many to commute alone, the rising cost of living is making the drive to the office more arduous. With housing costs ballooning across many urban centers across the country, workers are being forced to live farther from their jobs and endure longer commute times:
Commute Affects Well-Being, Job Choices
Longer commutes are giving American workers pause about their own health, as well as their life decisions, such as choosing jobs.
American workers also feel their lifestyles would be much healthier without the stresses of the commute:
Employers Should View Commute as Competitive Advantage
The survey highlights that organizations must become aware and sensitive to the pains, challenges, and opportunities associated with employees’ commutes. More importantly, organizations must do more to proactively provide solutions that ultimately reduce the impact of the commute. Less than one-quarter (22.5%) of workers said their employer incentivizes alternative transportation modes.
This research shows that offering a more robust range of commuting solutions is a benefit to employees and an advantage for employers. Incentives for using alternate modes of transportation empower commuters to take the stress not only off their wallets but off their minds as well. Respondents replied that the following incentives would encourage them to try different transportation modes:
Beyond these types of incentives, employers should also consider offering employees solutions that are flexible enough to meet the day-to-day needs of employees and support options for switching and tools to help employees make the switch easier, such as guaranteed rides home or automated carpool matching.
Scoop Technologies, Inc. is the largest carpooling solution in the country. Scoop partners with some of the world's most forward-thinking companies, including LinkedIn, T-Mobile, and Workday to offer convenient, enjoyable carpooling to their employees – ultimately helping them be happier, more engaged, and more productive in their day-to-day lives. Scoop has put more than 7 million carpool trips on the road to date in 2,000 cities across the country.
Headquartered in San Francisco, Calif., Scoop is a privately-held company with the backing of prominent investors including Activate Capital, Index Ventures, NGP Capital, BNP Paribas, BMW iVentures, Signia Venture Partners, Workday Ventures, G2VP, and select angel investors.
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Head of Communications, Scoop