Employers are taking steps to respond to concerns that
employees face due to significant increases in gas prices. The just published results of a survey
conducted by SHRM of Human Resources professionals found an increase in
measures taken to provide assistance.
The most common initiative was to raise the reimbursement
for mileage to the IRS cap. The IRS 2008
Standard Mileage Rate is 50.5 cents per mile.
Offering telecommuting was the second most popular response. Telecommuting options, even if they are only
one day a week, are good recruitment and retention tools.
More employers offer gas cards when compared to 2007 but only
14% of all respondents reported that they provided this benefit. Offering carpools also increased
significantly over last year but involved only 12% of employers responding.
Taking these initiatives is certainly a potential morale
booster. Check out my other suggestions
to help answer the question, “Will employees call in sick when they can’t
afford the gas to get to work?” How else
do you think employers can help to ease employee pain at the pump?