With the high cost of food, home energy prices spiking, flat wages, mortgage woes, government bailouts, and the pending presidential election, the minds of the American workforce is currently monopolized with some heavy issues.
In a recent poll conducted across the Nexxt Network, consisting of thousands of niche career sites, more than 20,000 business professionals responded to the question “What alternatives are you considering as a result of high gas prices affecting your commute to work?” Surprisingly, almost 79 percent said that they are looking for a job closer to home.
High gas prices are having a big effect on employee loyalty and have caused many professionals to consider taking drastic measures to save money on their commute, even if it means leaving their current job. A past poll conducted by Nexxt also discovered that 27 percent of professionals travel 25 miles or more to work. However, if gas prices continue to rise, the number of workers commuting long distances could decrease significantly.
So what are employers doing to try to keep their employees happy and loyal in these tough times? In a recent Nexxt poll that asked, “What is your employer doing to help with the rising price of gas affecting your commute?” more than 7,000 business professionals responded and surprisingly only about 28 percent of employers are trying to ease the financial tensions for members of their staff. Those in touch with the needs of their employees are allowing team members to telecommute (14.32 percent), work a short work week (7.25 percent), and provide company sponsored transportation (6.30 percent).
But, why is it that 72 percent of employers are not doing anything to help out? Is it the fear that the organization will become less productive if employees are not in the office or that there will be an added cost to company expenses?
Well, the good news is there are several ways to save some green and reach out to the masses and help employees. Here are five easy ways employers and employees can both benefit:
- Promote Public Transportation - Post current transit schedules in the
office to inform employees of available routes to-and-from work. Also, consider subsidizing public transportation.
- Reward Employee Performance – Reward employees who have earned perfect attendance or achieved a specific goal or objective with a gas card. This is also an effective to increase productivity and reduce absenteeism.
- Offer Flexibility – Identify employees who can effectively perform their job from home or offer the ability to work longer days, resulting in a shorter work week.
- Encourage Carpooling – Establish and communicate an internal carpool. Consider providing preferred parking spaces to carpool participants or those owning “green vehicles.”
- Install a Bike Rack - Offer secure bicycle storage for employees who opt to ride their bike to work.
Whether you’re an employer looking to hire happy employees or a business professional in search of a job with a shorter commute, niche job sites have become an increasingly valuable tool to connect job seekers and employers who share similar ideas and values. For more career-related tips and resources, please visit our Career Resources Center
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