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Commuting is no big deal for most employees … yet

SmartPulse — our weekly reader poll in SmartBrief on Workforce — tracks feedback from leading managers and human resources practitioners. We run the poll question each Thursday in our e-newsletter.

Last week, we asked: Do you think people call in sick to your workplace because of a long commute?

  • No, we haven’t had a problem like that: 47%
  • Probably, but it doesn’t happen that frequently: 39%
  • Yes, it has happened and is an issue: 14%

When you hear about the perils of a long commute, you would think calling in sick on occasion would be a problem. From the poll results, though, it seems most don’t consider it an issue. More than likely, a bad commute might be part of the reason a person takes a “mental health day,” along with more common factors such as job stress or relationships with co-workers or supervisors.

Lance Haun is community director for, the main guy over at and a member of the SmartBrief on Workforce Advisory Board.