Carpooling can save you and your employees money in reduced commuting and parking costs. Using ShareTheRideNC.org, the Charlotte region’s free ridematching service, Clean Air Works! can help employees find someone to share the ride. As an added incentive, you can offer preferential or reduced-cost parking spaces to those who participate.
Vanpool programs further reduce parking costs when seven to 15 employees catch a ride together. These programs save employees time and money and may also allow them to qualify for tax benefits. CATS has minivans and 15-passenger vans available. Join a vanpool or learn more.
Transit is one of the lowest cost methods of transportation. Volume-purchase discounts are available through the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS), and transit programs can quality for tax-free benefits for the employee and employer. The Charlotte nonattainment region is served by four transit systems: CATS, Gastonia Transit, Rider: Concord Kannapolis Transit System, and Salisbury Transit System.
Guaranteed Ride Home (GRH) programs can alleviate the fear of getting stranded. With CATS’ GRH program, commuters who use commute alternatives such as vanpooling or are monthly transit pass holders have access to a free taxi ride in the event of an emergency, such as a sick child or unscheduled overtime.
Bike Commuting can accomplish both your workout and your commute at the same time. More and more resources are available for employees who like to bike to work or would like to try it for the first time. The Bike Commute Mentor Group can provide individualized information to aspiring bike commuters. NCDOT Bike Program has information regarding maps, laws, and events.
Teleworking is a key incentive for gaining and retaining top workers. Even if employees work away from the office only occasionally, your company will be rewarded with more productivity and higher morale. National studies show that teleworkers are an average of 15 to 20 percent more productive than their office counterparts. Teleworkers have higher job satisfaction, and enjoy significantly reduced gas costs from eliminating their commutes.
Offering flextime and alternative work schedules can also increase morale and improve productivity. Flextime schedules — letting employees come in and leave at off-peak traffic times — can even help businesses extend their hours. Alternative work schedule plans include four, 10-hour workdays, or 9/80 schedules, where employees put in 80 hours over each two week period, but only work 9 of the 10 days.
In addition to these programs, employers can offer bike racks, walking or lunch programs, and encourage phone and video conferencing. All of these strategies can get employees out of their cars and get your company recognized as a good corporate citizen. Contact us for more ideas.