Commuter challenge

The one thing that might preoccupy employees more than work is the commute to work. For decades, executives have been trying new approaches to ease the burden.

23: Model number of the first Learjet business craft when it launched in 1963. Today, there are about 19,000 jets used for personal and business trips worldwide.

60: Percent of US executives who believe telecommuting can limit “career-growth opportunities,” according to a 2013 survey. “While working at home can be beneficial, it can also lead to ‘invisibility,’” noted the polling firm.

290: Minimum distance in kilometres executive “super-commuters” travel to work. According to a 2007 poll, 70% of job recruiters say executive recruits would prefer extreme commuting to moving.

300: Approximate number of Ontario managers at McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Ltd. who carpooled to a company meeting in Montreal in 1991. “We’re being very, very careful” about travel spending, said a spokesperson. “I think it’s just good common sense.”

1972: Year Canada’s Income Tax Act was changed to curb “free” business perks including parking spots and company cars — among the most common and appreciated executive benefits.

Up to 450,000: US dollars currently paid by CEOs and business leaders to convert Mercedes-Benz Sprinter JetVans into luxury mobile offices they can work in during their commute. Plain on the outside, the vans look like luxury conference rooms on the inside.