Los Angeles is the worst city in the nation when it comes to stressful commutes. Shocker, I know. This is even though it ranks eighth for longest commutes, in a survey released by staffing firm Robert Half.
LA’s average round trip commute is only 54 minutes, behind San Francisco, Chicago, New York and Dallas in time, but Brandi Britton, district president for the Menlo Park based firm, says stress doesn’t come from just the drive time.
“Unfortunately in Los Angeles, there are a variety of factors that contribute to it. One, is public transportation. There isn’t a very smooth way of getting from a public transportation standpoint in LA. Two, is general construction that causes heavy traffic that slows you down and causes you stress. Last, the cost of transportation. These all contribute to a commuter’s stress level. A long commute without traffic can actually be peaceful.”
Britton went on to say this can harm a company looking to attract the best talent.
“Many companies try to find creative ways to work around this, but it is still a huge factor. Some of the things we see are employers doing is creating more flex time. Some will also organize company carpools, that can make it more efficient coming and going to work plus, it also encourages camaraderie.”
Britton was a guest on McIntyre in the Morning.
Sharon Reardon, KABC News.