Convenience: Commuter Friendly

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What does it mean to have a workplace that is commuter-friendly? Essentially, it means providing employees with various commuting options that are sustainable, cost-effective, and both healthy for the environment and the employee. Companies that promote initiatives such as ride-sharing, reduced passes for public transit, biking to work, and flexible working hours so that commuters can get to work on their own schedule might be described as being commuter-friendly, but what is the benefit for employees and employers? Although it may seem as though taking anything but a car to work is a huge hassle, according to some innovative companies that are trying new commuting initiatives, that is not the case.

Advantages to Employees

Employees experience the most benefits from taking alternative methods of transportation, according to research. Cars have long been the transportation mode of choice for employees, but with climate change accelerating, many workers are recognizing the perils of spending time alone in their cars. Alternative modes of transportation, such as taking transit, ride-sharing, biking, and walking all have the benefit of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. But in addition to that, there are unique benefits to each mode.

Taking transit has long been seen as a nightmare, but public transit systems have improved in recent years. People are starting to recognize the benefits: it’s less expensive than traveling by car, less traffic, and the stress of having to drive yourself is absent. With biking and walking, the benefits listed above also hold true, but there is the added benefit of getting valuable exercise that makes it a worthwhile option. Employers are even starting to offer showers at work in order to accommodate those that work up a sweat on their morning commute.

Finally, ride-sharing or carpooling also has unique upsides. Although employees who take a car together still have the cost of gas and of maintaining the car, these costs can be split between several people. A morning carpool is also a great way to connect with your fellow employees and spend some time getting to know each other outside of the office.

Advantages to Employers

One question that many people wonder is why any company should actively promote green transport initiatives. But there are actually benefits to encouraging sustainable transportation methods. For one, the impact on the environment is noticeable when an entire company takes part. Initiatives such as Bike to Work Week have shown that when employees band together or are offered incentives to choose something other than their car, the results are far more significant.

Other than that, companies can actually cut their own costs by encouraging their employees to bike, ride-share, or take public transit. It is estimated that road congestion and traffic-related tardiness costs the United States approximately $63.1 billion dollars per year in both wasted working hours and fuel costs. The National Household Transportation Survey identifies that 27% of the hours that people spend in their cars are related to the daily commute. In addition, workers who drive to work are more likely to have poorer health, experience stress, and these qualities in turn can greatly reduce their productivity. Companies can be eligible to receive tax benefits and subsidies from the government when they provide incentives or encourage their workforce to take alternative modes of transportation.

Pros & Cons

When looking at possible job opportunities it is always a good idea to write down a pros and cons list. This can help you to determine what aspects of the job you might like and what aspects you may want to change.

Some important job aspects to consider include possible travel, team outings, casual attire, flexible hours, working from home and more.

Workplace Culture

A workplace culture can have a big impact on your everyday life. If you enjoy work you will be more likely to perform better and stay interested in the tasks at hand.

Some of the ways that companies today are helping to foster a positive work environment is to allow employees access to free food and drink, showers, gym memberships, nap areas and gaming rooms.