Employers take steps to alleviate gas-pump shock

Solutions include increased telecommuting, increased expense guidelines for mileage
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 08/02/2006

Professionals who are feeling pain at the pump may find help from their employers. Eighty-two of the 100 Canadian executives polled by staffing firm Robert Half International said their firms are taking action to reduce the impact of higher gas prices on employees.

The most common changes include increasing expense guidelines for employee-incurred mileage (cited by 62 per cent of respondents), allowing staff to telecommute more frequently (32 per cent) and allowing employees to work from offices closer to home (31 per cent).

"Companies are always looking for tools to help maintain morale and reduce turnover," said Max Messmer, chairman and CEO of Robert Half International. "Easing the burden of escalating gas prices can help them accomplish both objectives."