Persisting for a long time now is an off-base assumption that commute issues are an obscure factor to be taken into consideration. While a major section of an employee as well as employers polls up on salaries, perks and incentives, equal priority is to be given to the average commute of a day. Hence, moon-walking in as the much-needed liberator, we have – LinkedIn.
As news flash, LinkedIn, is adding a new Commute feature to help job seekers estimate commute span, so as to roughly grasp the duration one might take to reach their work destination, each day. LinkedIn, in close integration with it’s parent company Microsoft, relies on Microsoft‘s Bing Maps to navigate through and provide a deep-set estimation of the time.
The network’s recent survey reveals that over 85 percent of participants are willing to take a pay cut, conducive to a shorter commute. Now, this attempt by the Microsoft subsidiary marks it revamped strategies to take the online recruitment market competition, a notch higher.
Understanding “Your Commute”
“Your Commute” helps in the estimation of potential commute time, irrespective of the medium one chooses i.e., walking, driving or availing public transportation modes.
To start with, the user must navigate to the Job Detail page of a position. Since LinkedIn provides travel details, one can easily operate the “See your Commute” tool to get the estimation. The trip duration will provide relevant estimation on the basis of a starting point, given by the user and the expected departure time, with the time of day. Following this, a map showing the fastest route is generated. In addition to this, user can toggle through and check the duration one will take to reach if they avail different modes of transportation.
LinkedIn will allow the users to pin their commute settings so as to keep a track of commute times, whenever they open/refresh their browser.
Commuting can impact the decisions you make at work:
As per a research, commute issue is one major contributing factor towards decreased productivity. Data reveals that long commuting hours, without mitigation, will cause employee turnover. Additionally, this also increases tardiness and the stress is likely to increase error rates. Increased levels of commuter related employee stress will surely impact employee productivity in a negative way.
Akin to LinkedIn’s new feature, there’s a rising concern to identify potential retention problems and avoid them in due course of time.
Trailing Close to Google Maps
Google‘s algorithms simplify job search in a way where if someone is seeking a new job, a customized interface with possible openings, pops up. It narrows down postings on the basis of location and other relevant factors, pointed down by job-seekers. The major factor that Google pockets in, as a credit, is the new formatting standard, that comes arm-in-arm with the Search option. Being one striving-to-the-top recruiting platform, it was leaving other portals with nothing but crumbs.
However, with the advent of LinkedIn’s “Your Commute”, an affair-of-honour may be crouching low. In the blog post, LinkedIn divulges its future plans of enhancing this add-on, which for now includes the narrowed-down listing of positions, relevant to the commute times. This improvement is much similar to Google and is a cue that both the job search engines are up for a competition.
The “See Your Commute” feature is now available worldwide via mobile. Reports claim that the desktop support via LinkedIn.com will roll out in the coming months.