How Long Is Your Commute?

How Long Is Your Commute?

Commuting to work might have surpassed baseball as America’s pastime. It’s favorite pastime? Not so much, and the amount of hours we spend everyday trekking to and from work adds to up to some truly astronomical numbers.

According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, if you live in New York and commute to work then you are one of a whopping 9,024,559 workers who do this every day, compared to New Jersey’s  4,166,286. And according to the New York Post, the average round-trip commute time for NYC goers is 57.92 minutes, fourth longest just behind DC (60.42 minutes), San Francisco (59.2 minutes) and Chicago (58.5 minutes). These are staggering numbers.

With employees taking all of this wasted time out of their busy day to travel, more and more businesses are choosing to operate out of shared workspaces due to their close proximity to residential areas and many convenient locations. Employers understand the simple fact that less travel time equals more work time which equals more dollars in their pockets.

From the employee’s standpoint, it’s just as lucrative. All that time spent on planes, trains and automobiles add up to time spent unpaid, leading companies to now offer to pay for commute costs. Sean Coughlan, a BBC News education and family correspondent, believe that emails while commuting should count as work. She is not alone in this thought.

But it isn’t just about dollars and cents, commuting is known as “the stress that doesn’t pay”. Quality of life drops when you are a part of a system which collectively spent 5.5 billion hours traveling to work in 2011. Today’s workers are leaving their jobs in record numbers and a large contributing factor is how long their commute is. A survey showed that 23% of those leaving their jobs attribute it to their commute. It’s the unpredictability and the sudden loss of control of the situation which stresses people out.

The lack of commute is just one of the many reasons why businesses are switching from traditional commercial real estate to shared workspaces. PrimeWork Somerset offers the outstanding facilities and magnificent views of big-city coworking with small-town charm and convenience.

This new year, give yourself the gift of a shorter commute – and less stress. Join us at PrimeWork Somerset. We’d love to show you around!


Meet Imani of PrimeWork Somerset!

Meet Imani, the talented Community Manager at PrimeWork Somerset! Imani’s ready smile and infectious positive energy are a true asset to our workspace. Let’s have a chat with Imani about what’s up-and-coming at our space and her favorite part of living in Somerset.

Hi Imani! Can you describe your role here at PrimeWork?

Hi! I’m the Community Manager here at PrimeWork, so I’m the go-to person to help our members with anything they could possibly need. I also oversee the facility, and make sure the building is running smoothly.

Where are you from?

I’m originally from Irvington New Jersey, but I moved to Somerset when I was about 7 years old.

What’s your favorite part of living in Somerset?

I love how everything is close together. We have a lot of businesses here, a lot of restaurants, and many different types of people – I’m always seeing new faces! Everyone I’ve known throughout my life, I’ve met in Somerset at some point (laughs). This town is just awesome! Everyone is always smiling and happy, It’s a great area.

Nice! So back to PrimeWork – do you find that there’s one particular industry that lends itself well to a shared office space?

We truly have something to offer for every industry. From interior design, to web development, to marketing and technology, even the health industry! This area has a lot of young entrepreneurs looking to grow their businesses. Renting office space tends to be the largest expense for new startups, so we help this fledgling business-minded community by providing a neat solution.

What amenities and features does PrimeWork offer that sets this space apart?

We have all the amenities you would find in NYC-style spaces and then some! We wanted to provide Somerset and the surrounding communities with the modern aesthetic and tech-savvy shared working space standards they’d find in larger cities. PrimeWork offers big-city elegance in a suburban environment, so you can leave behind the hassles of commuting and enjoy our bright, open, and airy space – right in your backyard.

What do you feel is the ultimate inspiration behind PrimeWork Somerset?

We want to build up a community, especially in a warm place like Somerset. Our goal for the space is to create a homey, relaxed, warm atmosphere, while also providing an inspiring, business-centric environment. I think we’re already well on our way to accomplishing this really unique goal. Come visit us and see for yourself!

Thanks, Imani! You can meet Imani when you take your tour of the PrimeWork space. She looks forward to greeting you. See you in Somerset!