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Stop Wasting Time Commuting; Today's Technologies Save You the Trouble

August 27, 2015

As the economy continues to recover from significant job losses, there’s one thing that’s not happy about the situation—the road, which is bogged down by the added traffic during commutes to and from work every day. If you already live in one of the major cities with commuting problem, this only makes matters worse.

On top of the stress of being stuck on a gridlocked highway, and late for work, or worse, miles away from home at the end of the day, are the new claims that this type of stress is also hurting your car and wasting you even more money than just the gas that’s burning from idling in traffic.  

The recently published “2015 URBAN MOBILITY SCORECARD” from Texas A&M Transportation Institute and INRIX has made serious headlines across the U.S. this week as it points out some startling details about the amount of time, money and livelihood we’re wasting on the roadways getting to and from work each day.

According to the report, the average auto commuter spent an extra 42 hours traveling in 2014. This is up from 18 hours in 1982. As they sit on the roadways, the economy falters, workers become disgruntled and businesses lose valuable productivity.

So what can we do? Why not take advantage of what’s already right in front of us. The technologies like computers, mobile devices and Internet that we use every day anyways are the solution to this growing problem.

Not only will allowing people to work virtually from home—or use video conferencing for meetings—keep more cars off the roadway, but it will also mean businesses can get more done and for less costs.

Telecommuting is on the rise. A recent poll looked at telecommuting in the U.S. and found telecommuting has grown over the last several years—reaching 37 percent in 2015 compared to only 9 percent in 1995.

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And while those who are able to work from home have proven its benefits far outweigh its possible drawbacks, there are still crowded highways and so many people complaining about their jobs every day.

Real time communications are key in the push to gain acceptance of telecommuting for the workplace. The solutions have brought about a  “new worker” phenomenon that make it possible to share information, collaborate and chat in real time, regardless of physical location.

In conclusion, the report from Texas A&M warns that as the economy improves, there need to be steps taken—action plans and projects in place—from a management and even a government level that consider the options for success. 

Edited by Dominick Sorrentino

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