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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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lolababy575 lolababy575 8 years
I cannot believe some people DRIVE an hour EACH way - that's crazy! Our public transportation is awful where I live so when I don't feel like driving and paying for parking, I ride my bike instead. My bike ride is about 45 minutes each way, but it's great exercise and an excellent way for me to gear up for the day ahead or wind down and clear out the mess from the day.
shanimalcracker shanimalcracker 8 years
My firm definitely hasn't thought of doing this, at least explicitly. It's cool that some offices are starting this though.
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
I've suggested the idea to my boss. He didn't go for it.
ckeller825 ckeller825 8 years
I'm lucky enough to work for a company that pays for my metro fare, metro bus, and metro parking...so I don't have to drive to work at all. THANK GOD. I don't know what I would do if I had to spend $100/week on gas if I had to drive back and forth to DC every day.
MindayH MindayH 8 years
I don't drive to work which is great...but I am moving soon, and have a terrbile commute ahead of me, since I refuse to live in the burbs. I think the odds that my company would do this are slim though.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Wow where is THIS happening??!!
tiff58 tiff58 8 years
I am definitely considering moving to be closer to work. My drive is currently over an hour each way, and it's killing me.
hmcmcd hmcmcd 8 years
When I first graduated from college I would have driven (and did) up to an hour to and from work. Now I refuse to drive more 20min and I have really been considering moving to be closer to more opportunities.
SDTransplant SDTransplant 8 years
Yay for living near Boston and having access to decent public transportation. I live in the suburbs and my commute is over an hour long, but I don't mind because I can rest/catnap on the train and don't have to concentrate on the road. Going to school in LA for six years, I was stuck in traffic all the time and it was a major pain in the butt.
RosaDilia RosaDilia 8 years
All I can say is thank goodness for mass transit in NYC.
ALSW ALSW 8 years
I've been doing just that - looking for jobs closer to home where I won't waste so much gas and hopefully won't have to pay a monthly parking pass as well.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i think that the cost of commuting really does influence where my job is. when i lived in FL, more often than not i would consider staying at my boyfriend's house during the week since he wa sabout 2 miles from work and i was about 25. it got to be so expensive to commute and i didn't make enough money to really cover the cost of gas. i'm lucky now to live in NYC where i can walk/take the subway...
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 8 years
My original intentions of moving in the the city after college was that 75% of Architecture and Design firms were Downtown, so I could walk, bus, or bike. But noooo...I have never had a job downtown, and my plan is back firing. But it is fun to drive the opposite way of the traffic and stick my tongue out at them. My boss is considering moving downtown when our lease is up, so that would be motivation for me to stay here.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
Wow! I wish! I just moved WAY further from my work and my gas bill for the month has pretty much tripled! If I could find the same job closer I would take it too!
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