Soaring gas prices and your work commute

Challenger, Gray & Christmas Survey Findings And Implications
  • More than half (57 percent) of human resource executives offer some type of program designed to alleviate increased commuting costs
  • 23 percent of respondents' companies offer a condensed workweek, which typically consists of four 10-hour days
  • One in five companies organizes employee car pools and 18 percent subsidize the cost of public transportation.
  • Approximately 14 percent have expanded telecommuting options.
  • Companies are still interested in recruiting and retaining talent despite the economic downturn. These kinds of policies aid in that goal.
  • Using condensed workweeks addresses both the time issue associated with long commutes and the cost issue as gasoline prices continue to soar.

Tips For Talking To Management about the Commute

  • Find Strength In Numbers
    Talk to your colleagues to see what everyone needs. Can they be met with a four-day work week, telecommuting, flexible hours, organized car pools, etc.? Know what works well for co-workers as well as the company.
  • Start With HR
    Human resources is always working to reconcile issues between workers and management. The best place to start is with HR. Discuss the issue with them to see how to proceed with management.
  • Know The Stats
    The best way to make a persuasive case to management is to know exactly what the proposed solution will do, both to productivity and the bottom line. If you can make a case that your solutions will save both you and the company time and money while still making quotas and productivity standards, have that information available.
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