2019-01-31

Stuck and Stressed: The Health Costs of Traffic

I responded to an article in the NY Times, Stuck and Stressed: The Health Costs of Traffic, several times, and the following is relevant to technology::

The ability to work remotely can be a big enhancement, particularly for those with long commutes. It's not for everyone, but it can greatly enhance productivity and feeling of well-being. I recently reposted an article touting how tech employees are both more productive and more satisfied when they have the remote work option. Granted, this is not always an choice for roles that require face time and presence, but for many - currently, I am spending 60% of my time coding - it could personally reduce the need for transportation and clothing costs, and for companies it could reduce turnover and site costs - people can share desk space - as well as make some more productive and happier.

Granted, it is not for everyone. A study looking at personality traits conducive to remote work found that autonomy and stability were associated with having the least stress working from home. I'm sure there are other views, differences dependent on the level of extroversion, tech-savvy, and independence, etc., as well as aspects of the physical environment, but regardless, it would certainly go long way to reduce problems of commuting.