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Old 02-08-11, 08:54 AM
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Do bike commuters make better employees?

I'm thinking of what we go thru as bike commuters such as weather, commitment to the ride, factoring in time allowances, maintenance of our steeds, can do attitude, and perhaps others factors that slip my mind at this time.
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Old 02-08-11, 09:01 AM
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I've known plenty of lazy bike commuters. Nothing makes us more special than those who come in by cars or public transit.
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Old 02-08-11, 09:37 AM
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Do bike commuters make better employees?

Not if I was working in a LBS. The temptation of "borrowing" inventory will be too hard to resist.
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In general, I wouldn't think that there would be much of a difference, the challenges are just different. I have yet to be late to work because of traffic or car trouble, but I did have to work extra hard this morning against a headwind that none of my motoring co-workers seem to have noticed.
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The one thing I have noticed (though I might be seeing things ) is that cycle commuters have a tendency to be a little happier and more upbeat at work and that they tend to be healthier and take fewer sick days.
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Old 02-08-11, 11:23 AM
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I know that I'm a better employee on days I ride my bike in. I'm more awake, focused and productive because I've already had a bit of physical activity. I've been stranded by the blizzard we had here in Chicago last week and been driving since then. I can definatly tell a difference. Can't wait for the snow to melt a bit where I don't have to walk through 2ft of snow at 2 different locations in my commute!
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Old 02-08-11, 11:46 AM
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No, they make for the worse employees, Look I'm slacking off right now reading post on BF.

Give it 100%:

Monday: 50%
Tuesday: 25%
Weds: 15%
Thurs: 8%
Friday: 2%

I kidd. I kidd. I work hard for my money. So hard for it, honey.

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Old 02-08-11, 11:48 AM
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Originally Posted by mikeybikes View Post
I've known plenty of lazy bike commuters. Nothing makes us more special than those who come in by cars or public transit.
Sounds about right im lazy as hell, I don't even like to give directions to people when im at work, in fact im at work now and think i may take a nap
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Old 02-08-11, 11:50 AM
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Nope. I don't believe there is a connection like that. What I know is that after commuting regularly and going on some bike tours I started craving more free time, "my own time". As a result I started turning off my Blackberry the moment I leave work. I started taking more time off, I no longer hesitate to take advantage of my vacation and sick hours. It is after all something I earned and I separate work from my personal time like never before. Oh, and I would often sneak out earlier on a nice day so I can have a longer ride home
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Old 02-08-11, 12:09 PM
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Originally Posted by 531phile View Post
No, they make for the worse employees, Look I'm slacking off right now reading post on BF.
Yeah, me too. Double thumbs up
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Old 02-08-11, 12:29 PM
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Originally Posted by sourdoughT View Post
I'm thinking of what we go thru as bike commuters such as weather, commitment to the ride, factoring in time allowances, maintenance of our steeds, can do attitude, and perhaps others factors that slip my mind at this time.
Everybody works hard and sacrifices for things they're passionate. Better employees are ones whose passions line up with what they do for a living.
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Old 02-08-11, 12:38 PM
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Originally Posted by 531phile View Post
No, they make for the worse employees, Look I'm slacking off right now reading post on BF.
Originally Posted by colleen c View Post
Yeah, me too. Double thumbs up
Me too, it seems
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Old 02-08-11, 12:48 PM
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Cycling to and from work does not change my typical indifference to the work that I happen to do at the moment in exchange for the money that I receive. Don't worry, I provide value and honor the arrangement, but let's just say I'm not doing what I would be doing if I didn't need the money.

However, the endorphins and exercise tend to make me feel better while at work, so I guess my employer benefits from this.
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Old 02-08-11, 12:54 PM
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No, they make for the worse employees, Look I'm slacking off right now reading post on BF.
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Me too, it seems
There it is.
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Old 02-08-11, 12:58 PM
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I don't know since I was the only bike commuter. I was ostracized for it as well. I hated losing my income. I didn't hate losing that job.
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No, they make for the worse employees, Look I'm slacking off right now reading post on BF.
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Me too, it seems

There it is.
+4

At my current job, I work only for a paycheck. I do what I need to in order to fulfill the responsibilities in my job description. I rarely go above and beyond anymore. They don't pay me enough, and there's no such thing as a bonus here, so I, too, spend more than my fair share of time here on BF.

Hopefully, after I get my masters in a couple years and change careers, I'll find my work a little more rewarding and interesting in and of itself.

IOW, bike commuting hasn't made me any better of an employee. At least for now, you want more work and better performance? Pay me more! Until then, you'll find me on BF several times a day!
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Old 02-08-11, 01:53 PM
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Yeah, my place stopped yearly bonuses as well, and increases are laughable, unless I have the guts to demand an increase. People who make a lot more than I do slack all the time and bull**** their way through so I have no problem doing the same, within the limits of my own decency and sense of ethics, that is. I do enjoy my work to a certain degree, people I work immediately with are cool and overall it's an OK place, it has some advantages and benefits. But no more "extra miles" and no "beyond my responsibilities" any more.

Someone has a sig that says: "Work. The 8 hours between bike rides". That's what it has become in my case. And I do believe that cycling was a large influence since it opened my mind and change my perception of the world around me.

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Healthier employees maybe.
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My attitude at work is sure better on the days that I ride, so I suspect my work is better, too.
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It makes for happier workers maybe.

Job pissing you off? Just. Keep. Pedaling.
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Originally Posted by nelson249 View Post
The one thing I have noticed (though I might be seeing things ) is that cycle commuters have a tendency to be a little happier and more upbeat at work and that they tend to be healthier and take fewer sick days.
+1 This.
You're not just seeing things. Your empirical observations have been confirmed in studies of workplace productivity and sick time. "Happier and more upbeat" is difficult to quantify, but common sense tells us that part is also true.
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Old 02-08-11, 02:49 PM
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The one thing I have noticed (though I might be seeing things ) is that cycle commuters have a tendency to be a little happier and more upbeat at work and that they tend to be healthier and take fewer sick days.
This is it exactly.

For a few years my company was offering every employee $50 to go through a program where you get a basic physical and meet with a health coach who will give you basic advice on eating better and exercising more. This is actually how I got started commuting. The health coach told me that to exercise consistently, I needed to find something I actually wanted to do. It's amazing how quickly a bike can transform a couch potato into an endorphin junkie.

Now I'm much healthier than I used to be, and I arrive at work alert and feeling great. And since my company seems to want to keep me until I retire, they might get 5-10 more productive years out of me than they otherwise would have. The only downside is that I can't wait to get out of here and get back on the bike.
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Good health — I think that's a definite plus.

I find that commuting regularly seems to amp up my resistance to the usual bugs that slay the rest of the staff.

Plus, general fitness is good ... and would be good for any company or agency because not only does fitness mean fewer sick days but quicker recovery and fewer of the high-cost medical issues.

A lot of people, once they crest middle age, start going to the doc for fat-related maladies. Now, a bicycle commuter can carry around some pounds, but fat? That's hard to do.
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OK, so this thread has me thinking about it. What kind of biking related jobs are out there, that we should be pursuing?
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OK, so this thread has me thinking about it. What kind of biking related jobs are out there, that we should be pursuing?
Not sure I'd want it ruined by turning it into a job.
Good question though. I'm curious if technology has harmed the bike messenger industry? That's something I've always been impressed with. It's fun to watch them in DC. It's a form of art.
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