As an esteemed part of most cultures, traditions are observed as a placeholder for legacies. While some traditions are left unchanged by purists, progressives see room for other traditions to be improved upon and modified. One tradition which has undergone a welcomed change is the American work schedule.

In the past decade, America’s employers have become wise to the commuter’s quandary. America’s population is growing, producing more new drivers. Medical science enables aging citizens to live longer, healthier lives, which in turn usually allows them to preserve their driving privilege. Essentially, the great American road has become a traffic jam.

To keep up with the beat of life, we must travel. Even the advent of digital living has not put a substantial enough dent in the need to go motoring, and most people still maintain employment that requires them to attend the office. In response to the growing need to clear over-crowded roads, employers have begun to generate intelligent solutions for their commuting employees.

Carpool incentive programs

Smart employers know that one of the most stressful aspects to working can be getting there.  Therefore, many of them who employ workers en masse are encouraging them to group together and share vehicles or jump aboard a company vanpool. This strategy can come with many positives, such as creating a spirit of workplace unity, lifting the burden of vehicles on the roads, and reducing tardiness, stress, and the need for expanded parking lots or garages.

Incentives to carpooling can show themselves in many forms for both employer and employee, and some employers reward carpooling employees with prizes, discounted or free parking or designated parking. Carpooling employees, both drivers and passengers, who use Metropia’s DUO will also reap rewards for use of the app. Any way you slice it, everyone wins.

Alternative Work Schedules

Say bye-bye to the classic 9-5 rat race! Companies are trying out variations on shifts to decrease parking lot congestion and to help ease overall city traffic congestion. Larger companies in particular can change shifts to stagger the release of drivers on the roads at once, namely by making shifts a half hour later or earlier than usual.

The condensed work week is another way employers have played a role in reducing traffic congestion. Shifts are extended for more hours per day so that employees can still maintain a full work week and benefits while only traveling 4 days a week instead of 5. Some manufacturing companies have been using 12 hour rotating shifts, which also cut back on individual trips to and from work.

Perhaps one of the most valuable and unexpected advantages to alternative work schedules has been that employees often enjoy a better work-life balance. Everyone wins with lightened city traffic burdens, and employees have more flexibility to engage in other life activities, including making time for family. Once again, employers benefit; this bonus has been shown to improve a company’s employee retention rate and reduces hiring and training costs.