More Employers Helping Employees Deal with Gas Prices
More than 40 percent of employers have taken steps to help employees deal
with higher gas prices this year, up from 25 percent in 2005, according to a
poll on HR.BLR.com and Compensation.BLR.com.
The combined results of this year's poll on the two sites show that 43
percent of employers have tried at least one tactic to assist employees in
response to higher has prices.
● 11 percent of respondents said they
are encouraging more carpooling.
● 6 percent of respondents said they
are allowing more telecommuting.
● 5 percent of respondents said they
are encouraging greater use of mass transit.
● 15 percent of respondents said they
were trying two or more of the above angles.
By contrast, just 25 percent of respondents to a similar HR.BLR.com poll
conducted in 2005 said they had taken one or more steps to help employees with
rising gas prices.
The 2008 survey, which included a total of 436 respondents, found that 57
percent of employers had yet to take any action to help employees in response to
higher gas prices. Higher gas prices can affect employers' recruitment and
retention efforts. In a previous poll by Compensation.BLR.com, for example, 31
percent of HR professionals reported that an employee had left their company
because of rising gas prices in the past 12 months.
A recent poll by Robert Half International had found that among employees
whose commute has been affected by higher gas prices, 30 percent said they were
looking for jobs closer to home. Twenty-five percent of respondents said they
were seeking higher compensation to offset higher commuting costs.