Commuter mishaps – even nightmares – are common in many, if not most, workplaces around the country. This winter, with its extended periods of frigid temperatures and record snowfalls across the Midwest, East Coast and even the South, has exacerbated many commuters’ daily treks (and complaints) to and from the office. So reports Workforce.com.
Managers expect that workers will stay home, arrive late, or even tele-commute where possible on days of really bad weather. One Detroit commuter, however, seems completely unfazed by this year’s persistent arctic chill.
The Detroit Free Press recently wrote about factory worker James Robertson, who has been walking 21 miles a day (round-trip) to get to his $10.55/hour job outside the city for the better part of 10 years, since his car died. That means his commute is often longer than his actual work shift, which ends at 10:00 p.m. and takes him through some less-than-desirable inner-city neighborhoods.
Could he get another job closer to home, or perhaps move nearer to his job? Probably, but he has his reasons for maintaining the status quo – chiefly, that he loves his company and his co-workers. “We’re like a family,” Robertson says. It’s kind of a “story-book” tale, with a story-book ending, to boot.