A new survey has found that 84% of U.S. workers expect employers to take measures to help offset the rising cost of gas. The Opinion Research Corp. findings say that employees expect employers to:
- Institute or expand car-pooling programs -61%
- Provide incentives for the use of mass transit -51%
- Permit working from home -51%
- Provide a gasoline allowance to cover additional commuting costs -42%
When the survey asked what employers had done to defray the cost of commuting, just 35% said they had taken any action. The most common measure was to include new or expanded car-pooling programs (18%). Others offered working from home (18%), providing incentives for mass transit use (12%) and providing a gas allowance (11%).
The survey also found that 11% of respondents are now considering leaving their jobs as a result of rising gas costs.
The report reflects findings from a telephone survey of 460 adults employed full-time during June 6-9, 2008.
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