Sick of weekday traffic? Try telecommuting

Thanks to our road rage-inducing traffic, Georgia now has laws on the books targeting people who go too fast and too slow. A few years after passing the so-called “superspeeder” law assessing extra fines on motorists caught going 85 mph or more on most Georgia passed a “slowpoke” bill that can mean a fine for drivers who lollygag in the left hand lane. Next, they should aim at "idiots." JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

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Thanks to our road rage-inducing traffic, Georgia now has laws on the books targeting people who go too fast and too slow. A few years after passing the so-called “superspeeder” law assessing extra fines on motorists caught going 85 mph or more on most Georgia passed a “slowpoke” bill that can mean a fine for drivers who lollygag in the left hand lane. Next, they should aim at "idiots." JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

At least five million Americans have admitted to calling into work sick because they couldn't face their commute, according to a survey from The Workforce Institute and Kronos. Now, some people are trying a new workforce trend  telecommuting.

Telecommuting -- that's working from home -- can work for many contract, part-time and even full-time positions.

If you want to save time, money and stress, Sara Sutton Fell suggests telecommuting may be for you.

"Eliminating commutes, even just a couple times a week, would reduce traffic, pollution and gas consumption, as well as free up time for employees to engage in activities that make them happier and healthier, in turn making them more productive   a win-win for both employees and employers," the Founder and CEO of FlexJobs said in a statement.

Atlantans are sick of traffic, but they aren't alone.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are 10 cities with the worst daily commutes. Unsurprisingly, Atlanta is one of them:

  • San Francisco, Calif.
  • New York, N.Y.
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Trenton, N.J.
  • Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Boston, Mass.
  • Atlanta, Ga.
  • Chicago, Ill.
  • Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Seattle, Wash.

– Blog post by reporter Kendall Trammell, kendall.trammell@coxinc.com.