LinkedIn users browsing job listings can now get a sense of what their commute would be like if they took the job. The new feature, which senior product manager Dan Li announced in a blog post last week, adds to the growing pile of information LinkedIn helps job seekers find about the roles they are considering:
When you visit job listings on LinkedIn from your mobile phone, you’ll start to see a “See Your Commute” module. From here you can enter your address to calculate how long it would take you to get to your new office walking, driving or on public transportation. Soon, you’ll also have the option to save your location information locally on your phone so you don’t have to type it in every time you’re looking at a role.
You can also set your commute preferences within your Career Interests dashboard so we can provide you with more relevant job recommendations that fit your lifestyle.
The feature was introduced after LinkedIn surveyed 1,000 of its users last October and found that 85 percent of them would take a pay cut in exchange for a shorter commute, Fortune’s Rachel King added. Times and maps for the See Your Commute feature are processed by Bing, the search engine owned by LinkedIn’s parent company Microsoft; in that regard, it’s evidence that Microsoft is making good on its plan to augment LinkedIn, which it bought for over $26 billion in 2016, by integrating it with other elements of the tech giant’s vast suite of software products.
Other research, including some of our own at CEB, now Gartner, confirms LinkedIn’s finding that candidates and employees put a high value on an easy commute. One study last year found that an extra 20 minutes of commute time was as harmful to job satisfaction as a 19 percent pay cut for the average employee. In a 7,500-employee survey we conducted in 2017, we found that a stressful commute was the second most powerful factor in employees’ personal lives to negatively affect their motivation at work, second only to having recently fought with a significant other or family member. The impact of having a stressful commute, we found, was similar to that of having a sharply increased workload.
LinkedIn clearly recognizes commute times as an element of the employee value proposition and is serving this information to candidates as part of its effort to help them make more informed choices in their job hunts. The site also recently introduced a feature called Salary Insights that allows job seekers to see a salary range for job listings, either reported by the employer or estimated based on data collected from LinkedIn Salary. This feature is intended to help make better matches between candidates and employers based on the candidate’s salary expectations and what the employer is prepared to pay for the role—part of the overall trend toward pay transparency in online recruiting today.