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Survey Finds Many Employers Taking Steps To Alleviate Impact Of High Gas Prices On Staff; More Than A Third Of Workers Say Fuel Costs Have Affected Their Work Arrangements

 

MENLO PARK, CA -- Professionals who are feeling pain at the pump may find help from their employers. Seventy-five percent of executives polled by Robert Half said their firms are taking action to reduce the impact of higher gas prices on their teams. The most common changes reported include increasing expense guidelines for employee-incurred mileage (cited by
47 percent of respondents), allowing staff to telecommute more frequently (37 percent) and encouraging carpooling (35 percent).

 

“Companies are always looking for tools to help maintain morale and reduce turnover,” said Max Messmer, chairman and CEO of Robert Half and author of Motivating Employees For Dummies® (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.).  “Easing the burden of escalating gas prices can help them accomplish both objectives.”

Executives were asked, “Which, if any, actions has your firm taken to reduce the impact of higher gasoline prices on employees?” Their responses*:

Increasing expense guidelines for employee-incurred mileage costs...................47%
Allowing increased telecommuting...................................................................37%
Encouraging carpooling or ride-share programs................................................35%
Allowing employees to work from office locations closer to home.......................31%
Providing subsidies for employees who use public transportation........................14%
Providing transportation to employees..............................................................8%
Providing gas subsidies to employees...............................................................6%
Raising compensation to mitigate fuel costs.......................................................4%
Increased teleconferences...............................................................................1%
Other.............................................................................................................3%
None of these................................................................................................25%

 

*Multiple answers were allowed.

 

Among the 25 percent of respondents whose firms are taking no actions at present, one in four said their companies would likely try to reduce the impact of higher gasoline costs if prices continue to trend upward.

 

Executives surveyed also were asked if rising fuel costs have affected their recruiting efforts:
66 percent said they have not. Twenty-two percent reported job applicants are less willing to make lengthy commutes and 11 percent said candidates are seeking higher salaries.

 

Additionally, Robert Half surveyed workers to see how escalating gas prices were affecting their routines. Thirty-four percent of workers have had their commutes or work arrangements affected by higher fuel costs. Steps they have taken to ease the burden include more-frequent carpooling or ride-sharing, looking for jobs closer to home, asking for increased compensation and working from satellite offices. (Full survey results are available at www.roberthalf.com/PressRoom.)

 

 

The surveys were developed by Robert Half the world’s first and largest staffing service specializing in accounting, finance and information technology, and were conducted by an independent research firm. The survey of managers includes responses from 150 executives with the nation’s 1,000 largest companies. The survey of workers includes responses from 591 individuals 18 years of age or older and employed full or part time.

 

Robert Half has more than 330 locations throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, and offers online job search services at www.roberthalf.com.

 

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Note to editor: For full survey results, please visit www.roberthalf.com/PressRoom.


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