Dice Report: Going the Commuting Distance

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Tech professionals aren’t shy when it comes to expressing their need for better work-life balance. While they appreciate employers who offer flexible work hours, the option to telecommute is generally regarded as the ticket to a happier tech department.

Dice recently surveyed nearly 2,000 tech professionals about a variety of topics, including their opinion of the school systems near their homes, the affordability of the local housing market, and the difficulty (or lack thereof) of their commute.

While nearly half of those surveyed (49 percent) said their commute to work is fine, many expressed specific issues with getting to the office every morning, such as too much traffic and congestion (40 percent) or too far a distance to travel (31 percent).

The prospect of a bad commute is so dreaded, in fact, that when asked what steps they’d take to earn a higher-paying job, more tech pros said they’d move to a different city (59 percent) than face a longer or worse commute (46 percent).

The commute conundrum only intensifies in major cities. Washington, D.C.-based tech professionals said the congestion on their commute is too much (63 percent); in the New York City tristate area, 38 percent said their commute to work is too far.

Dice surveys have found that, over time, more employers are offering benefits to keep tech pros engaged and happy. For companies debating whether to move offices, start by asking your teams what makes sense for their daily commutes; while the answers may not determine your final decision, they should at least inform it. Even if more than a quarter (27 percent) of tech pros believe that work-life balance is a myth, companies that go the extra mile to make their employees’ travels easier will come out ahead.

*More findings from our survey will publish next month, so please stay tuned.

2 Responses to “Dice Report: Going the Commuting Distance”

  1. Carl Stein

    Commute must never be an accident. Don’t let it be.

    Pick explicitly where you live based on plenty of jobs in your field. If you buy a house, buy it with decent transport options in the directions of the major job hubs.

    Make sure you score job opportunities including of commute. If commute being good matters to you then make it a high factor in deciding if you’d rather go for not necessarily the best job due to a bad commute, or fully be aware the best job with the worst commute is something you deliberately intend to suffer for career reasons.

    Whatever you do, don’t just sit and moan.

  2. Robert D

    A good friend of mine has the benefit of living in a community where everything is mutually 60 miles distant from everything else. While it may be considered a mathematical oddity, this is indeed true as I was riding along on what should be routine errands and recreational outings. Home to the movie theater, then to the restaurant, then to the local Target store and back home racked up 240 miles on the odometer.

    If you love spending all your time on the road, do check out the Orlando Florida area and it’s surrounding communities. Some sections of Interstate 4 have dynamically set speed limits as low as 40 miles per hour, during traffic peaks. (Though any speed limit around there is an oft ignored suggestion: you will find those that are 30 under and 30 over, trying to coexist.)

    My opinion: We need to rethink how transportation works.