Rebecca Mazin, my fellow blogger over at “Green Business”, had this question posed to her in a management training session: “What happens when an employee calls in sick at the end of a two week pay period because they can’t afford to buy gas to get to work?”
Indeed. People have made decisions as to where they live, where they work and what they drive based upon relative steady gas prices of, say, $1.00 – 1.50 a gallon. Now we’re hitting $4 in some areas and there is speculation that $5 may be hit in the 3rd quarter. And we thought that staffing during a pandemic would be a problem.
There are sites that report the “cheapest” gas, but the pennies involved are not the issue. The US Department of Energy offers a number of resources, but here are their tips for reducing fuel consumption:
- Drive Sensibly
- Observe the Speed Limit
- Avoid Excessive Idling
- Remove Excess Weight
- Use Cruise Control
- Use Overdrive Gears
These, and get rid of the monster trucks that people leased, but that’s a bit more complicated to pull off.
You may be able to help. If you live in an area with real public transportation, encourage use. You may be able to get discounted passes for employees. Employers can provide transit passes, up to $115 a month, as a tax free benefit to employees, and can enable employees to set up pre-tax accounts to pay for passes. Review this with your accountant. Some locales offer additional incentives to employers who support mass transit usage.
And turn off the lights when not in use.