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WORKPLACE / JUL. 18, 2014
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How to Get Your Employer to Help with Your Commute

Commuting to work makes you anxious and dissatisfied with your life, according to research findings published by the Office of National Statistics. How long can you, for instance, sit in a traffic jam before getting anxious or angry? Well, such are the times you realize work-from-home jobs are the better option. Besides, commuting on a daily basis can be expensive if your employer doesn’t offer a commuter assistance program. If you are in this position, it’s high time you thought of ways to get your employer implement a commuter-assistance program.

Here is how to go about it.

Gather support

In the workplace, not every employee might be experiencing this problem. In fact, some workers love traffic snarl ups because they make good excuses for getting to work late. You should, therefore, conduct a survey to establish the number of workers who would prefer such a program. The higher the number of workers longing for commuter assistance, the more likely your employer will consider it.

Focus on the pros

Employers often frown at programs, such as commuter assistance, that involve incurring costs. In this case, the purchase of a stuff van or bus is the ideal option. For this program to get funding from your employer, you need to prove its benefits. The main advantage is that employees would arrive on time since they must focus on keeping up with the van’s schedule. This not only improves employee commitment and satisfaction, but also greatly discourages absenteeism.

Get your facts right

Managers like to work with facts and figures. When approaching your employer to pitch this idea, ensure you have concrete facts and figures about cost, number of employees who would like the service to be implemented and the routes to be covered by the staff van or bus. By doing this, you will be able to demonstrate your seriousness on the issue to your boss, as well as enhance your chances of getting the program approved.

Give viable suggestions

Because most employers don’t like incurring unnecessary costs, they often suggest cost-sharing deals. As such, your employer may want you to come up with ways to fund the project. You can agree to fund a reasonable percentage of the total cost or have your employer deduct a small monthly fee from you wages. If purchasing a motor vehicle is expensive, you can also suggest that he hires a van or bus from a company that offers staff transport services.

Be clever

Employers sometimes act like stone walls. They never nudge until you push them with all you got. Although this can be risky at times, it works when done correctly. The trick lies in understanding your employer and establishing what makes him give in. For example, if your boss loves it when all employees are busy at their workstations all day long, please him by doing so for a month. This will enhance your chances of getting him to agree to your proposal.

With these tips, you are now well prepared to take on your employer.

Remember, this is a request he can decline in the blink of an eye so tread carefully. The secret to getting commuter assistance from your employers is convincing him that the program will help you help the company make more money!


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