Questions tagged [commute]

Questions about traveling to and from work. (For questions about traveling as part of work duties, use [travel] instead.)

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Boss has banned cycling to work because he thinks it's unsafe

I cycle to work every day, it's my only method of transportation. Public transit doesn't serve the commute path and I don't own a car. A coworker was recently in a bike accident and was out for 2 days,...
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Is my employer in California obligated to pay me while I travel between jobsites

I'm an hourly worker at a landscaping company in Los Angeles and travel to a different job site or multiple job sites in a day. The morning and afternoon commute range from 15 minutes to 1.5 hours. ...
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Late for work because of trains

My trains are pretty dire most of the time and I was late again for work last week - only about 10-15 mins but as always I send a message to my boss to say I’ll be a little late. I got called in and ...
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Buy 1 year season ticket as self employed

I am self employed person and I have several clients. One of the offices is quite far and I have to pay for trains to get there. I want to buy a 1-year season ticket as it will be much cheaper. But ...
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How to decline job offer after considering commute?

I made a stupid mistake they asked me if I am willing to commute. I told them yes, but I prefer the closer location. However, I received the job offer at the further location. Now I regret it as I ...
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How to tell a colleague that I want to stop sharing the ride?

A few months ago, we hired a new temporary worker, Joe. Joe does not have a car so I offered to share the ride with him 4 times per day, which is about 45 km daily. I asked for 4€/day. Joe's salary ...
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How do low wage workers get to work in the absence of public transport? [closed]

I was at a Wendy's late tonight and I noticed that the parking lot was empty, except for a customer car. Yet there were 7 or 8 employees inside. The location is not accessible by public transportation....
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How can I get out of carpool, or ask money for it?

I would like to know how to get out of a carpool agreement I already made with a coworker, or, how to charge her some money. For the past two weeks or so, I have been picking her up at a highway and ...
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Friends boss asking to do planning during commute - what should he do?

My friend in Sweden works with software development and leads a team of developers. He has a boss that has previously stated that he wouldn't count time spent commuting as work hours. My friend ...
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Is there a legal base regarding choice of relatively nearby offices to commute to? [closed]

Do long commutes count against personal or work hours? In the above link, crisfole left the following comment: Your employer isn't responsible for your commute time unless they force you to change ...
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How do companies and employees deal with abnormally long commutes due to traffic? [closed]

I'm considering moving to Northern Virginia because my girlfriend lives there. When I leave her place to get to work, 50 miles away, it takes two hours if I leave before 6 a.m but 3 hours if I leave ...
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Fair treatment for employees always late due to public transport

I have 4 people in my team who use Public Transport - trains. They live on different sides of town, so don't take the same lines. Two are always on time. The other two (coming from the opposite side) ...
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Is it inappropriate to shout for a bus driver to open the door during commute? [closed]

Every day I commute to work using a bus like this: As I understand it, the bus driver has separate buttons to either actively open the doors or to merely "release" them. If the bus driver only ...
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Employees unhappy with change of workplace to an inconvenient location

I'm responsible for a small group of employees and we just acquired a client that needs their skills, but require them to work on its premises. The client's offices are located in an area poorly ...
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What constitute a favor from reportees? [closed]

I just shifted my residence and coincidentally one of my direct reports live nearby, so in order to save time I go to office with him. Likewise, upon return one of my other subordinate drops me half ...
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Coming into the office early and leaving early [duplicate]

It was brought to my attention (from part of my boss) that my coworkers have told him that they've noticed I've been leaving 10 minutes early. I leave early because I have an hour commute to work - if ...
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Should I accept my coworker's offer of food as penance for arriving late? [closed]

I started carpooling with my coworker this week; he drives and picks me up from a main road near my house. Yesterday, he arrived 5 minutes late. Today, he misread the time and did not leave his house ...
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Formula for how much reduction in salary you should accept based on commute? [closed]

An author I read (can't remember who) published a formula that you could use to calculate how much a reduction in salary you should accept for a closer job versus farther job based on commute time and ...
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Fired and moved to other company on first day - how react [closed]

Background: I was looking for a different job as commuting 2h a day was just to much for me. I got an offer from another company in my hometown, signed that, resigned my old job. On the new job I'll ...
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How to bring up travel dividend with an employer

I'm a student, currently in my penultimate year of school/first year of sixth form. Earlier this year, I did work experience at a small game developers in London consisting of around 10 employees. I ...
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Does employers usually pay for parking? [closed]

All the places that I've worked at are all in the suburbs, so their office usually have parking spaces on its premise for employees to park. I'm looking into moving to a new job in the big city, so ...
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How to not appear uninterested in an interview

I am a software developer and I have a job with which I am quite happy. However its not perfect, and there are things which I wish were different, such as a shorter commute. Recently I have had a ...
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Should I ask for a raise if I move closer to work? [duplicate]

My current commute is just short of an hour (Wisconsin). My family is looking to move but houses that are less than 30 minutes from my company (technology) cost considerably more than where we ...
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Can I ask to switch locations after 3 months?

Started a job 3 months ago as a software engineer... I have a brutal commute ~ 1hr 30min which has proven itself also dangerous at times because traffic and weather. Is it acceptable to use these ...
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Why can't software engineers work from home most of the time? [closed]

I've recently quit a job that required a 2 hour+ commute (4-5 hour total). This commute was costing me a sizable portion of my monthly income. Luckily, the firm was very casual when it came to getting ...
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Should I comment on my doubts about whether I want to continue my job before signing my contract? [closed]

I started working as a developer for a small company (5-6 employees) at ~110 minutes from my home. This commute make me think if I really want to continue with this job. When I arrive at home I only ...
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How to negotiate for reduction of travel at new job?

I recently moved to a new city with my husband, and we live about 20 minutes outside of town. I was thrilled to get a job offer that had great pay/benefits and has a main office in our new city (they ...
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Required to work unpaid overtime to “make up” for a shorter commute after moving closer to the office

So a friend of mine this weekend lamented one of the changes in his employment that happened recently. It got me thinking whether or not you can consider that acceptable. He works and lives in the US ...
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Travel time takes longer due to employer

The commute to a employer finished for 95% of all employees with a single carriageway road. There are approx. 5000 staff on side and they are all trying to get in the front gate between 7:30 and 8:...
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Inability to get to work because public transportation failure

The train drivers are about to go on strike in Germany. Again. And it may not be the last time. Many people live 20-30 km from work and commute by train. There's no alternative to trains over such ...