The pandemic has fundamentally changed the way most organizations operate – including getting to work. Whether one is working in a physical or virtual office, every employee deserves a sustainable and COVID-19 safe commute option. Now is a great time to rethink and reimagine transportation benefits during and after the pandemic. Move Minneapolis provides guidance on transportation benefits.
Top regional employers include bicycle commuting in their transportation benefits plan to boost employee wellness, happiness, and the bottom line. Promote biking as a COVID-19 safe, low-cost, and healthy commute option. The growing trails network and improved infrastructure makes the commute into the city safer and faster. Learn about best practices to support bicycle commuting.
Even within organizations that had an existing telework policy, COVID-19 forced a seismic change to remote working almost overnight. Despite the initial challenges, telework has been shown to increase productivity and work satisfaction. If your office considering returning to the office, think about how much office culture has changed in the past few months. Take this time to reassess your telework practices.
As your company rethinks its mobility options, micro-mobility with Metro Vanpool is a fresh approach for a transit option. At an average of $110 per month per rider, it’s less expensive than a monthly parking contract. And at a minimum of 5 people per vanpool, this option can be a great COVID-19 commute solution to keep group interactions small. Learn more about vanpooling.
Parking is a big expense for both employees and employers. Carpools need half or fewer the number of spaces than drive-alone commuters. Carpooling is an easily attainable commute solution that has immediate environmental benefits and can help employees be car-lite or car-free. Carpool interactions are also limited to the same one or two people. See how your company can benefit with carpooling.
Transit – essential workers, for now
If your organization has positions that include essential workers, Metro Transit has implemented special precautions including (rear door entry, distancing and requiring masks). Stay tuned for more information once non-essential workers are invited back use transit. In the meantime, follow these transit recommendations.