A new study just awarded the District of Columbia the title of America's worst commute.Before I even moved to the D.C. area, I knew that the commute into and out of the city was atrocious. We can all agree on that. However, we never knew where the District stacked up compared to other metropolitan areas. Well, wonder no more ... Washington, D.C., has the worst commute out of any major American metro area. The newly released study was performed by staffing firm Robert Half. Pollsters asked people who live in 27 different American cities to describe their commute to and from work. The polls measured length of the commute and overall how stressful it was. Washington, D.C., took the crown with an average roundtrip commute of 60.42 minutes. San Francisco was a close second place with an average 59.20-minute commute, and the top five worst commutes was rounded out by Chicago, New York, and Dallas, in that order. Interestingly enough, the researchers found that the longest commutes weren't necessarily the most stressful. Washington, D.C., for example, placed eighth in the rankings of the country's most stressful commutes.
"Good managers keep a constant gauge on team morale. You should continually talk to employees about their commutes to identify pain points and possible workarounds," explained Josh Howarth, a district president for Robert Half. "Every organization is different, and no single magic bullet can solve all commuting problems." With winter weather on the way, employers are encouraged to have conversations with their employees about their commutes sooner rather than later. Hellish commutes can not only drag down company morale, but also hurt retention metrics and scare away potential hires. I am not all that surprised by the results, both that D.C. has the worst work commutes and the fact that District commuters are not the most stressed in the country. It's pretty much a given that if you work in D.C. but live outside the District, you are going to spend an obscene amount of time in your car. I don't know about you, but I've come to accept it. What is your commute like? Tell us in the comment section how long your commute into the city is!