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Hurray, hurray, hurray!

We are now a one car, 4-bike family, with bus passes in our back pockets and high-speed internet so we can sometimes work at home. BONUS FEATURES: We have also lost weight and saved lots of money. A big surprise was how much time we save, too (daily commutes, traffic jams, and trolling for parking are no more.)

I love all of these ideas and being fuel-efficient is always a good thing. However, I wonder and worry about whether people are reacting to increasing gas prices as if it's a short-term thing? What if it's forever? Do we (employers) continue to subsidize? Anyone else a chronic worrier like me that sees a potentially slippery slope?

Great summary of available options. I happen to think the 4-ten hour day workweek and some options for telecommuting will be adopted by many employers in the next six months. The state of Utah and many municipalities are already adopting modified workweeks even though it means that the government services are available for fewer days.


Sounds like you are ahead of the curve... and reaping the benefits!


I am with you. I think this is the new norm, not a temporary blip, and we should be approaching it with a longer-term mindset. And subsidies can indeed be a slippery slope fueled by the (apparent) short-term assumption that this is a problem that will eventually reverse itself. What happens if gas prices continue to increase indefinitely, and you've set a precedent for covering the cost? Its enough to make any chronic worrier bite their nails :)


If Amy and I are right that this is indeed a longer-term challenge, then restructured work arrangements like the 4 day workweek and telecommuting make good sense and should be adopted by more and more employers. I'd bet that the state of Utah is on the leading edge of what will be a growing trend. All makes sense to me!

Thanks all for the comments!

Thanks for sharing this! Good info. Just pointed an HR person from our blogging group to this post as a resource. :)

Thanks, Wenchie! Glad to hear that the info is helpful. That is part of my blogging mission - to put the helpful data that crosses my desk out for the world to access!

Thanks for relaying the info Ann! I featured your highlights of the survey as one my top blog picks for the past week which can be found here: http://www.maximizepossibility.com/employee_retention/2008/07/the-rainmaker-1.html

Be well!

Chris Young


Cool! Thanks for the feature in your "Fab Five" Blog picks! Readers, click on through to see the other great posts that Chris has featured.

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