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Here are some of the ways employers can help take the rush out of rush hour.
4-Day Work Week/Compressed Work Week
Allow employees to shorten the work week by one or more days while working the regular number of hours. This is done by working an increased number of hours each day in a shorter-than-normal number of days per week or pay period. For instance, 40 hours in four days (4/40) allows one day each week off or 80 hours in 9 days (9/80) allows one day off every other week.
Staggered Work Hours / Flexible Work Hours
This option allows employees to set their own start and finish times for work. In most flex-time situations, there are core hours everyone must work. Each employee still works the same number of hours but decides what time to arrive and leave and regulates his or her own lunch time. Flex-time allows employees to avoid rush hours and to organize their time around their own family situation and their peak energy levels. Some of the benefits of this program include less stress upon arrival at work each day; undisturbed work time; the ability to accommodate commuting needs, such as adjusting to match a vanpool or carpool schedule; and cross-training to cover various business functions, therefore, becoming a great resource to supervisors and clients.
Teleworking, also known as telecommuting, replaces travel to and from work with telecommunications technologies where an employee can work at home or another location on a full or part time basis. Many employees choose to telework only once or twice per week. On the other hand, some employees telework full time and only go to the office on an occasional basis. Click on the links below to learn how to start a telework program in your workplace:
Vanpools consist of a group of at least seven people, including the driver, who are all traveling to the same workplace from the same community in a van. Vanpools typically carry from seven to 15 passengers and operate weekdays, traveling between one of two common pickup locations and the workplace. For additional information on carpooling or vanpooling, visit the website below.
Preferred or Reduced-Cost Parking
Employers can provide carpools and vanpools with preferred parking and/or reduced-cost parking to encourage ridesharing.
Emergency Ride Home Program (ERH)
This benefit is for employees who commute via transit, carpool, or vanpool with transportation home available in the event of a personal emergency. For more information on the Emergency Ride Home program, click on the link below.
Commuter Tax Benefit
Employers can allow employees to use pretax dollars to pay for transit passes, vanpool fares, and parking. Find out more on how to start saving while commuting to work. Log on to:
Employee Transportation Coordinator (ETC)
Designate an Employee transportation coordinator to develop, promote, administer, and monitor a successful commuter services program for your company. The primary tasks of coordinators are to motivate fellow employees and respond to their questions and needs regarding the commuter services program.
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