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Workers expect employers to ease blow of gas prices

A strong majority (84 per cent) of workers in the United States expect their employers to take measures to help offset the rising cost of gasoline, according to a survey of 460 adults working full-time by Opinion Research in Princeton, N.J.

The most-hoped-for measures are car-pooling programs (61 per cent), incentives for the use of mass transit (51 per cent), working from home (51 per cent) and a gas allowance to cover commuting costs (42 per cent).

The survey also found one-tenth (11 per cent) of workers are considering leaving their jobs because of rising gas costs.

“Soaring gas prices have created a scenario in which employers are now considering implementing actions they otherwise would not have in order to retain their workforce,” said Terry Reilly, vice-president and director of the company’s employee engagement practice.

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