It may be an uncertain time, but one thing is for sure — COVID has changed every facet of our day to day life, including many elements of our work day. While many employers have been finding creative ways to adapt to the world around them as it evolves, there is no shame in feeling overwhelmed.
One of the most pressing issues that has been facing workers and employers alike is how to deal with transportation. With many offices and business re-opening, it is understandable that workers may not feel comfortable sticking to their regular commuting habits. Enter the employee shuttle and its many benefits.
Whether you’re currently working on implementing a shuttle service for your employees or you are mulling over whether or not it is a good option for you, here are seven good things to consider.
Shuttles allow employees to avoid public transportation
As a group transportation company, usually we would be in complete support of public transit of all kinds. While we still hold a special place in our hearts for the subway and tram systems of the world, there’s no denying that they carry an unfortunate risk during the ongoing pandemic. Long gone are the days of packed commuter cars and crowded public transit. Instead, it is arguably safer to travel on buses and vans where you can guarantee that physical distancing can be maintained, and where you can ensure that you are consistently seeing the same group of people — employee shuttles allow you to do those two very things.
Shuttles are a great opportunity for team building
One of the secondary benefits of using an employee shuttle is that there are opportunities for your team to get to know one another on a personal level. Much like taking the yellow bus to school was a great way to get to know your classmates as a young student, a shuttle service is a viable way for your employees to get to know their colleagues within an informal framework — just without the bullies and bus monitors!
An employee shuttle may make you eligible for tax cuts
In a time when most businesses are trying to find ways to cut expenses, offering an employee shuttle may actually help you do exactly that. Depending on where you live, it is not unheard of for the federal government to offer companies tax breaks for providing transit to their employees, especially if you are operating a small business.
Commuting together is better for the environment
One of the major reasons to mourn the mass use of public transit is that it is so good for the environment. Fear not, though, because an employee shuttle is an effective way to continue to care for Mother Earth during the time of the coronavirus. By cutting down on the number of private vehicles that your employees are taking into work, you are helping to cut back on greenhouse emissions.
Shuttle services can help increase employee productivity
With the world in somewhat of a state of disarray, there is no doubt that it is affecting employee productivity levels. However, there are some reasons to believe that offering your employees a transit alternative through a shuttle service could increase productivity. The reason behind this is that it may increase their satisfaction, which has been proven to in turn increase productivity.
A perk such as a shuttle service may attract new employees
Any hiring manager knows that to say that it is difficult to attract talent is an understatement. However, there is no denying that the number of workplace perks can have a direct impact on how easily you find new recruits. In our current times, offering a service such as an employee shuttle is sending a great message to prospective employees. Not only does it show that you are taking COVID-19 precautions seriously, but it also sends the message that you care about your team’s convenience and comfort.
By using a shuttle service, you are doing your part to fight traffic congestion
Did you know that the amount of traffic congestion in a city is directly linked to that city’s quality of life? In fact, congestion in traffic-heavy cities such as Toronto and Los Angeles takes hours out of the average person’s day. As we work on fleshing out our post-COVID 19 world, it’s natural to look at ways that we can improve ongoing issues such as traffic. By using an employee shuttle, you are taking numerous cars off of the road and helping to reduce the number of cars on the road of your city.
So, there you have it. While an employee shuttle may not be the way that you were envisioning to move your business forward, implementing such a service is sure to have a resounding positive impact on the areas that truly matter — your employee’s health, the environment, and your bottom line.