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Employers Pitching in For Gas

Work Perk: Employers Pitching in For Gas

Recognizing that gas bills are causing a strain on employees who don't have another option but to drive to work, some employers have introduced initiatives to help workers cut down on their monthly gas expenditures. These have included tacking on an extra $50 to paychecks, subsidizing a portion of commuting costs, and providing employer sponsored buses and vans to drive employees to and from work. Some companies are finding that more employees are taking advantage of existing options like telecommuting or turning their cars into advertisement vehicles in exchange for free gas.

Wayne Hochwarter, a management professor at the College of Business at Florida State University, found that 33 percent of more than 800 full-time workers who drive themselves to work would take a job opportunity closer to home because of high gas prices. Is your commute taking enough of a toll that you would consider taking a comparable job that's closer to home?


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