Journal article

Does daily commuting behavior matter to employee productivity?

Liang Ma, Runing Ye

Journal of Transport Geography | Elsevier | Published : 2019


This study is the first of its kind to explore the relationship between commuting behavior and employee productivity by drawing theories from multiple disciplines and providing empirical evidence from Australian cities. Relying on survey data collected from three major cities in Australia, this study finds that commuting distance is positively associated with absenteeism. This study also finds a positive association between active commuting (i.e., travel to work by walking or bicycling) and job performance in the middle-aged employees. The structural equation model further explored possible causal pathways from commuting to employee productivity, and the results reveal that commuting mode ch..

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Funding Acknowledgements

Funding for collecting the data used in this research came from the 2017 Vice-Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowship of RMIT University. The authors also thank the editor and the two anonymous reviewers for their valuable comments. The analysis and interpretation and any errors are solely those of the authors.