Spinning our Wheels

Spinning our Wheels is a commuting blog about the challenges of getting around Atlanta by car, bus, MARTA, bicycles and on foot written by transportation reporter David Wickert

Sick of weekday traffic? Try telecommuting


At least five million Americans have admitted to calling into work sick because they couldn’t face their commute, according to a survey from The Workforce Institute and Kronos. Now, some people are trying a new workforce trend  telecommuting.

Telecommuting -- that's working from home -- can work for many contract, part-time and even full-time positions.

If you want to save time, money and stress, Sara Sutton Fell suggests telecommuting may be for you.

“Eliminating commutes, even just a couple times a week, would reduce traffic, pollution and gas consumption, as well as free up time for employees to engage in activities that make them happier and healthier, in turn making them more productive   a win-win for both employees and employers,” the Founder and CEO of FlexJobs said in a statement.

Atlantans are sick of traffic, but they aren't alone.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are 10 cities with the worst daily commutes. Unsurprisingly, Atlanta is one of them:

  • San Francisco, Calif.
  • New York, N.Y.
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Trenton, N.J.
  • Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Boston, Mass.
  • Atlanta, Ga.
  • Chicago, Ill.
  • Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Seattle, Wash.

– Blog post by reporter Kendall Trammell, kendall.trammell@coxinc.com.


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