According to a 2017 American Community Survey published in 2019, Metro Atlanta ranked 6th out of 50 worst commutes in America. The survey discovered that Atlantans spent an average of 32.3 minutes going to work every day. Worst still, statistics from Flowing Data revealed that 73% of Atlantans drove privately to work, and a miserly 7% used the public transport system.
Then came the year 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the lockdown. The roads were almost always empty through the peak of the pandemic as everyone was holed up at home, working or schooling away from the office or school. However, the lockdown rules are being reviewed and relaxed around the US. Offices and businesses are beginning to re-open in Atlanta, and in towns around it like Buckhead, activities are almost back to almost 100%.
Now the question is; how will the Atlanta traffic affect employees returning to work post-COVID-19? Would it be more difficult for your medical facility employees to commute to work? Well, the answer is yes, and outlined below is why.
Ways in Which Atlanta Traffic Will Affect Your Medical Employees Return To Work
1. Increased Risk of Accident
According to Georgia’s Commissioner of Transportation, Russell McMurry, in this report, the roads are more congested now, with a significantly higher number of trucks commuting on them. With the pandemic, more people now opt for online shopping and home delivery services, hence the increased number of trucks carrying freight on the road. The large structure of these vehicles can obstruct a driver’s line of vision, exponentially increasing the possibility of an accident. Furthermore, besides car crashes, there has been an increase in road rage incidents in Atlanta, like those on I-20 and Bufford Drive, that may put your employees in danger.
2. Decreased Productivity
Considering the long hours that people who work jobs in Atlanta suffer in their daily commute, many suffer sleep deprivations. Being sleep-deprived can lead to increased stress levels and fatigue. For workers in the medical field, sleep deprivation can cost a life as there is a heightened possibility of making mistakes. Also, technicians, front desk officers, and assistants, who are always meeting people, can become less pleasant and irritable.
3. Higher Commuting Cost
Besides being one of the worst cities in America with the longest commute time, Atlanta also has a high commuting cost. Now, that cost will only increase as more people will opt to drive to work to minimize contact with people. Employees who previously didn’t have a vehicle will need to get one, and buying even used cars has become increasingly expensive due to chip shortage. Furthermore, they would also be spending longer time in traffic, and this will lead to more gas consumption which they have to pay for.
4. Increase Cost of Car Maintenance
For many employees in Metro Atlanta who have by now decided to drive privately to work daily, they’d be spending more on fixing and maintaining their vehicles. Vehicles they used occasionally would be used three times more, increasing wear and tear of moveable parts and cost more to keep in good condition.
What To Do About Atlanta Traffic?
As a medical facility in Atlanta, there really isn’t much you can do to prevent the Atlanta traffic from affecting your employees. However, by hiring assistants and technicians who can work remotely, and allowing some of your medical staff to work from home part-time, you can ensure that your facility won’t be affected by the traffic situation. You can reach out to us at RG Staffing to help you find the perfect candidate for your remote positions.