With the current state of the environment, we all need to try and do our best to reduce carbon emissions and improve the health of the planet
Vehicles are responsible for the production of a lot of harmful gases in Australia that are causing untold damage to the atmosphere. Recycling, using green energy, eating a plant-based diet and choosing public transport or walking or biking, instead of driving are all excellent ways to help the cause.
There is a real opportunity for companies around the country to reduce the number of cars on the road by putting incentivization schemes in place to encourage employees to use alternative transport such as electric bikes, public transport, bicycles or simply to come to work on foot.
These incentives could be in the form of paying a percentage towards sports equipment, such as walking clothes, a bike or electric bike or other perks such as discounts off gym or golf club memberships. Adopting a policy like this could have a major impact on the health of the environment and ensure that the next few generations can enjoy the planet as much as our generations and those that preceded us.
Let’s take a look at just a few reasons that companies should consider incentivizing the use of alternative transportation to and from the workplace.
A Stress-Free Workforce
Instead of starting the day being stuck in lines of traffic, getting stressed out, by taking alternative forms of transport, your team can arrive at work feeling relaxed and ready for the day ahead. Exercise has been shown to reduce stress, as has exposure to natural light and fresh air. Walking or biking to work, workers will be more likely to arrive at work in a Zen-like state.
Better Sleep And More Focus
Regular exercise is also associated with improved sleep. Physical exercise increases the body’s temperature, which has a calming effect on the body, making it easier to fall asleep at night. With employees walking or cycling to work, they will sleep better and have more energy to deal with whatever they need to do in the workplace.
Boost Your Business Image
Australian’s are more likely to make purchases from companies that take a greener approach. Encouraging employees to use alternative modes of transport instead of driving can have a positive impact on your business’ reputation. When more consumers see that you care about the environment it can lead to more credibility in your brand and an increase in sales.
Reduce Your Costs
For businesses that really want to show their commitment to a car-free office, they can get rid of their employee parking spaces. While this will have the added benefit of reducing your costs, as CBD parking spaces can be very expensive, it’s important to proceed with caution. So as not to upset your employees, be sure to give them plenty of notice of the change so they can make alternative travel arrangements. Lead by example and show that you too are committed to making a real change through your business incentives.
It’s Time For Companies To Step Up And Incentivize Alternative Transportation
Now is the time for Australian businesses to step up and make a difference. Incentivizing employees to take alternative transport methods will have a drastic impact on the number of harmful greenhouse gases being emitted into the atmosphere every day. Although this is a great step in the right direction, why stop here? Choose a green energy provider, install energy-saving appliances, go paperless, start a recycling program and make changes that will benefit the business, employees, the public and, most importantly, the planet.
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