According to data collected from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index and Gallup Daily tracking, there is a correlation between employee engagement and length of commute. The results, compiled between January 2 and December 31, 2011, indicate those who are more engaged with their work tend to be less affected by their commutes than those who are actively disengaged.
Less than 3 percent of engaged employees, defined as “involved in and enthusiastic about their work,” report “daily stress and worry without a lot of happiness and enjoyment,” the data shows. In contrast, actively disengaged employees, individuals who are emotionally detached from their workplaces and less likely to be productive in their work, report a significantly higher relationship between commute times and mood at the office. “The percentage of actively disengaged workers who report [considerable stress in their lives] increases from 15.5 percent for those with short commutes to 27.1 percent for those with long commutes,” say Jim Harter and Nikki Blacksmith from Gallup.com.
Harter and Blacksmith continue, “Gallup has found that longer commutes are linked to poorer overall wellbeing, daily mood, and health.” And, with 71 percent of those surveyed reporting to be either “not engaged” or “actively disengaged” with their work during the year 2011, longer commute times can only add to the level of dissatisfaction employees are experiencing.