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Consider impact of high prices on hourly employees

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As the prices of gas and groceries continue to climb, your organization’s hourly employees might be having a hard time making ends meet—a problem that could create stress and distraction at work.

Consider adding some inexpensive extras for employees who have to choose between buying quality food and filling their gas tanks so they can drive to work.

Example: Microsoft launched a free shuttle bus service to help employees get to and from its Redmond, Wash., headquarters.

Here are four other perks that can help low-wage employees save a little money during the economic downturn:

1. Encourage executives to host
a weekly pizza lunch for hourly employees. Besides the free food, the meeting gives rank-and-file staff a chance to talk about their concerns with the brass.

2. Allow employees who work in customer service,
complaint management and other areas to work at home one day a week to save on commuting costs—even if their jobs aren’t traditionally thought of as natural areas for telework.

3. Publish local transit schedules and information about fares on your intranet so employees will know whether they can easily and affordably get to work via bus or train.

4. Spring for a gas card. Even a one-time gift of a tankful of gas can help keep employees on board.

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