How to Help Employees With Their Commutes to Work

  • Mark Edwards ·
  • March 1, 2022

Thanks to the pandemic there are so many companies across the globe that are going fully or partially remote. But there are others that don’t see the need for it and want to maintain company culture by having their employees show up regularly during the workweek, just like before the pandemic hit. While technology has indeed made a new landscape and has vastly changed work culture as a whole, there are some jobs that do need employees to show up.

From healthcare professionals to car maintenance workers, there are plenty of others that have to go to work as their jobs require it and it’s something that simply cannot be done from just a computer. The average person spends around 25 to 45 minutes commuting to their jobs, sometimes this can be even more depending on the area and the traffic. So around one to one and a half hours are spent each day just trying to make it to work.   While commuting doesn’t seem like much, it can be very long and tiring and can go as far as decreasing productivity rates. It also just takes up so much time in their schedule when they could be doing something else with that time.

That’s why employees love getting to commute if they’re able to, it means they have more flexibility and time in their day, it means getting to have more energy and less stress. As an employer, it’s majorly important to stop your employees from jumping ship by making them happy. The Great Resignation was all about employees standing up for themselves.  It’s so important to try and take away the burden from your employees when they’re commuting. These are some helpful tips for achieving that so you can keep high employee retention rates.

Prioritize Employee Wellness

You have to place some priority on wellness for the sake of your employees. Rush hour is one of the most dangerous times to be out on the road. Not just because of all the traffic but drivers tend to drive faster, more carelessly, and they cause accidents. A large percentage of car accidents are during rush hour. If you or your employees have dealt with an accident while heading to work then speak to a car accident attorney. Maybe look into getting your employees to drive to work before or after rush hour.

 Maybe try start-up work a couple of hours earlier. This means employees will drive before rush hour begins and can drive back home before the afternoon rush hour begins as well. Your employee’s safety and wellness are major, so add some flexibility.

Try to Offer Company Vehicles

In many European countries, company cars are offered to employees and this is slowly beginning to happen in the US as well. Why not hop onto the bandwagon? Vehicles are so expensive, from gas to tune-ups. Sometimes people only use their car for work and hardly for any personal use. Having a company vehicle is a great method to lower the stress of employee burnout and raise employee satisfaction. But it’s also important to keep in mind that it’s the employer that pays for insurance (usually) as well as tune-ups. While the idea of owning a company car is costly, there can be benefits such as tax cuts.

Try to Offer Commuting Benefits

Over a quarter of an employee’s paycheck goes towards transportation, specifically transportation to go to work. People are having to spend money to go to work, a place where they try to earn money. It just doesn’t make much sense. Offering monetary contributions can greatly ease financial burdens. The cost of living is rapidly rising and this includes public transport as well as gas for cars.

Commutes overall are quite costly such as riding sharing apps like Uber, taxis, public transport, and just driving the car. All of these add up to cost so much. So why not try to offer something to help the employees? This can include paying for maintenance, gas gift cards, reimbursements, and so much more. Offering these resources is going to drastically help out your employees which will increase their satisfaction.

Allow Some Remote Workdays

While this may depend on the work that the employee does, why not try and offer a flexible schedule that includes remote work? Some jobs can be done solely remotely while it’s understandable that others just can’t. Creating flexible schedules is going to be one of the best ways to get employee loyalty.  Having even a slightly more flexible schedule can allow for a boost in employee wellness too. So ask your employees what could work for them.

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