We've riffed in the past couple of weeks regarding the benefits of telecommuting, and also chronicled the reaction of companies with workforces not suited for telecommuting (think production/manufacturing, retail, etc.) to provide gas vouchers/guarantees.
A new study by Beyond.com indicates that you might need to choose one or the other soon to maximize retention:
"20,000 respondents answered the following question - “What alternatives are you considering as a result of high gas prices affecting your commute to work?”
Here's the response breakdown....
79% - Find a job closer to home
13% - Telecommuting from home
6% - Public transportation or walking
2% - Carpooling with colleagues"
Looks like it might be time to get a game plan together. It will be interesting to see if any of the companies providing compensation for gas will be able to point to ROI from the plan.
My big question - if you provide compensation for gas, when does that end? Doesn't that become an entitlement on day 2?
Start a telecommuting program if you can....