Employers do little to ease commuting costs: Hewitt

Creativity needed to combat rising fuel costs and help environment
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|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 08/18/2008

Employees may be feeling the pain at the pumps as gas prices soared over the past year and have plateaued in Canada at an average of more than $1.28 a litre, but employers are doing little to ease the commuting burden, according to a new survey.

More than 200 Canadian organizations responded to an online survey by global HR company Hewitt Associates. Of that, almost one-half offer flexible work locations or telecommuting, which includes working from home or a satellite office, and 64 per cent provide flexible work hours, which includes condensed work weeks and flexible start times.

However, the main reason employers offer these programs isn't to help workers cut down on commuting costs or to help the environment, but instead to improve workers' wellness.