Commuting Nightmares: How to Cope

Commuting Nightmares: How to Cope
According to HR studies, the leading causes of job-related stress and high turnover include a few issues that are no surprise: Poor treatment, low pay, and unsafe or intolerable working conditions. But another item at the top of the list might not seem so obvious: a miserable commute. Commuting difficulties can turn an otherwise fantastic job into a grueling experience, and a grueling job into an unsustainable situation. If you’ve ever had a commute that made you contemplate quitting your job almost every day, you’re not alone. Here are a few ways to make a long, expensive, or unpleasant journey to work a little easier.

Consider a remote arrangement and apply pressure.

As with any other working condition that you might like to change (including salary and status), sitting at your desk and waiting for your boss to make it happen isn’t very practical. If you’re traveling back and forth in stop and go traffic for hours every day, there’s a strong chance your boss doesn’t know this (even if you’ve mentioned it) and there’s a stronger chance that she really isn’t concerned about it. She trusts that you’re an adult and you’ll find a way to get your job done each day. So if you want something to change, you’ll need to approach her directly, lay out the details of your plan, and ask for what you want. If you’d like to work from home once a week, or twice a week, or even every day, just say so. Figure out how to make this happen and pitch your proposal.

Ask for a transfer.

Does your company have another facility that may be easier for you to reach? Again, you’ll need to conduct some research and determine exactly what you’d like to do and how you can make this happen. But once you know what you want, just schedule an appointment with your boss and make your intentions clear.

Find another method.

If you travel to work by car, you may have combed the entire metropolitan area searching for the best possible routes at various times of day. But have you considered traveling by bus, train, or carpool? An alternative form of conveyance can ease the burden of time, cost, or both.

Request an altered schedule.

Find out if you can come into work and leave an hour earlier than nine or an hour later than five. Maybe you can work a few hours on Saturday in exchange for leaving early on Friday to beat the rush hour traffic. You won’t know what’s possible until you try.

Build efficiency into the day.

Consider a few simple moves that can help you get more out of the time you spend commuting and reduce the exhaustion and frustration you feel as you reach your destination. Listen to audiobooks. If you commute by train, read. Catch up on personal email and non-work related responsibilities (don’t work for your employer if you aren’t being paid for this time). And structure your morning so you don’t feel harried and constantly late as you navigate through freeway traffic.If you’ve tried these methods and they’ve added nothing to the peace of mind, productivity and satisfaction you feel at the end of the day, it may be time to start looking for another job. Visit MyPerfectResume and start exploring the career development resources on the site today.