Commuting and the Federal Employee Argumentative Essay by Nicky

Commuting and the Federal Employee
Argues for flexible schedules for federal employees in the Washington D.C. area.
# 146756 | 1,934 words | 8 sources | APA | 2011 | US

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This paper attempts to find a solution to the problem of federal employees spending excessive amounts of their time stuck in traffic in the Washington D.C. area. According to the paper, this issue is resolved in five successive steps, as suggested by the Creative Problem Solving program. First, the paper analyzes and defines the problem,further citing the importance of employee satisfaction in the workplace and on job performance. Then, possible ideas to solve the commuting issue are brainstormed. These ideas are then evaluated, and the most reasonable are selected as potential solutions. The paper concludes with a list of seven ways to implement the suggested solutions.


Analyzing Problems
Redefining Problems
Generating Ideas
Evaluating and Selecting Ideas
Implementing Solutions

From the Paper:

"Traffic in the Washington area is extremely congested and this constitutes a severe problem due to the fact that the large majority of those employed in the region lives in the Virginia and Maryland suburbs and has to commute to work. This basically means that they have to spend increasing amounts of time stuck in traffic, issue which generates a series of negative effects. The Forbes Magazine has for instance reached a conclusion that the workers in the Washington area spend an annual 60 hours stuck in traffic; this is the second largest rate within the North American country. Additionally, only a limited 26 percent of all the employees in the region manage to get to work in less than 20 minutes, with the 59 percent having to waste somewhere between 20 and 60 minutes to get to work; 15 percent of all employees in the Washington area take more than one hour to get to work."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • American Society for Testing and Materials, 1979, Community Noise - STP 692, ASTM International
  • Hansen, K., Making Your Case for Telecommuting: How to Convince the Boss, Quint Careers, last accessed on March 24, 2009
  • McKay, D.R., 2009, Flextime - An Alternative Work Arrangement,, last accessed on March 24, 2009
  • Rogier, S.L., Padgett, M.Y., The Impact of Utilizing a Flexible Work Schedule on Perceptions of Career-Oriented Women, Retrieved from on March 24, 2009
  • Treffinger, D.J., Isaksen, S.G., Stead-Dorval, K.B., 2005, Creative Problem Solving, 4th Edition, Prufrock Press Inc.

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