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Benefits for Professionals

Regardless of your role in your organization, commuter benefits will provide you with a valuable tool to help reach your goals.

Human Resources Professionals

  • Employee recruiting. Qualifying for the list gives your organization a competitive edge in the job marketplace, and the Best Workplaces for CommutersSM team is committed to doing everything possible to help you get the recognition you deserve.

  • Expand your labor pool. Commuter benefits make it possible for a new employee, who would otherwise have selected an employer closer to his or her home, to get to your workplace.

  • Employee retention and job satisfaction. Employees tend to be happier with their jobs if they don't have to fight traffic to get there. They are also less likely to switch jobs if other employers don't offer commuter choice benefits.

  • Employee productivity. Happier employees tend to be more productive. Commuter benefits also mean employees are less likely to be delayed by traffic or in a traffic-related accident.

Finance Professionals

  • Parking-related cost savings. Commuting choices make it easier for employees to use alternatives to single-occupancy driving to get to work, reducing parking demand for their employer.

  • Tax savings. Changes in the federal tax code allow employers to offer tax-free transit and vanpool benefits, saving your organization money on payroll taxes.

  • Employee recruiting and turnover savings. Many employers claim that commuter benefits are an outstanding tool for retaining talent, which means they can cut costs associated with recruiting and training new employees.

  • Facility cost savings. Employers that offer teleworking as a core benefit can enjoy reduced facility costs because fewer employees will be working at a particular site on a given day.

Communications/Public Relations Professionals

  • Use of an exclusive term. "Best Workplaces for CommutersSM" is a servicemarked term reserved for employers that have qualified for the list. Participating employers can use the term in their job postings to showcase their company's strengths to potential job-seekers.

  • Get positive news coverage. The Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) will work with your organization to help generate positive press coverage of your participation in this program.

  • Improve your company image. Qualifying shows that you are committed to helping your employees, your community, and the environment.

  • Be an environmental leader. Offering commuter benefits to your employees is one of the most important things your company can do, voluntarily, to reduce air and global warming pollution.

Environmental Management Professionals

  • Reduced air pollution and climate change. Offering commuter benefits reduces the number of cars on the road, which reduces the amount of air and climate change pollution (CO2) emitted by vehicles.

  • Reduced energy demand. Fewer cars on the road reduces the amount of gasoline needed for commuting.

  • Reduced traffic congestion. Commuter benefits encourage employees to use alternative methods to get to work, reducing traffic and improving air quality in your local community.

  • Enhance national security. You can reduce foreign energy dependence by reducing the fuel consumed by single-occupant vehicle trips.




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