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High gas prices: Are you helping ease employees’ pain?

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Question: “Utah state workers are switching to four-day workweeks. A Phoenix company is paying for gas money if employees put company ads on the sides of their cars. The ultimate goal: Retain and recruit good employees who are feeling the pinch of $4 gas. Is your organization taking any steps to help employees’ gas pains? Tell us your story by commenting below.” -- The HR Specialist Editors


We are offering a weekly drawing for a $25 gas gift card to any employee that drives more than 20 miles one-way to/from work. Some employees were upset that it wasn't being offered to everyone, but we wanted it to be a way of recognizing those who drive a distance.

A few years ago, back when $3-per-gallon seemed steep, we published three case studies describing how innovative companies were helping employees deal with rising gas prices. We think these best practice work just as well today. Check them out at:

We started July 1 issuing $50.00 gas cards to each of our 54 employees. Our owner will continue this for as long as he deems necessary (he said it might even go on for up to 1 year). So with the first pay stub of each month they will receive the $50.00 gas card.

My employees were ecstatic. We publish a medical journal and a 4-day workweek just would not be feasible for us. Also, we didn't feel we could offer it to some and not all, so we decided this was the best solution. You should have seen the smiles on the employees faces.

We do have the best boss in the world!

The owner of our company wants our employees to be able to go away for the Labor Day weekend if they want - without worrying about the price of fuel. So every employee (67 of us) is getting a $250 gas card. We had a good 2nd quarter in spite of the harsh economic times, thanks to our hard working employees. So they deserve it.

Natural gas prices are going up 50% in our area in addition to auto fuel. Are employers going to pay for that increase too? Employers can't be expected to give money every time the cost of things go up even if significant.

Could any of these companies afford to buy a van and set up a van pool for long-distance employees? The employees could chip in on the cost of the fuel and maybe one of them could even become the driver.

I also drove over 30 miles each way for work for over 3 years. I loved my job, but had commitments taking care of my elderly mother to allow her to remain independent in her home for many years. I did carpool part of that time, until 1 carpool partner became too much to handle, she was very controlling!

Four day work weeks could work if half of the staff worked M-Th and the others T-Fr to accommodate coverage.

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