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I have to give kudos to my employer. I would like to give the name of the company but I won't because I would like to try and remain as anonymous as possible on this blog.

We had a meeting yesterday with the Human Resources Manager. He called us all in and explained that the company is concerned about how gas prices are affecting the employees and they are trying to make it a little easier to get to work. He said that while they would love to be able to give everyone a raise to help offset the rising cost of gas and food, it just isn't in the budget right now.

What he proposed is a four/one work week. Basically, this means we will work 4 days in the office and 1 day from home. While this won't make a huge difference, every little bit helps. For the employees like me that drive a company vehicle, we will also have the option of working one day from home. This move will save the company money because they are paying a little less for gas to fuel up the company vehicles. Currently, I pay $30 per paycheck for the privilege of using the company vehicle. Sixty dollars a month is peanuts considering my company pays for 100% of the gas, maintenance, tags fees and taxes.


  1. Kristin // June 28, 2008 at 5:23 PM  

    Good deal. This past week I was at a company management roundtable meeting (advertised as the place for employees to ask anything) and the question was asked about telecommuting to save gas. We got the usual rebuke - no, because it's too difficult to audit time charges, esp for govt contracts. I then asked about 4/10 - work 4 days for 10 hours and save 20% on fuel. The HR rep said that is under consideration. It will probably take a govt incentive or subsidy for this company to really get interested.

  2. Todd // June 29, 2008 at 7:20 PM  

    It is good to hear that your employers are really concerned about their employees in relation to rising gas prices. My employer so far as only been concerned on how rising oil and gas prices is affecting the commodity prices, energy prices and transportation costs that will hit the bottom line of the business.

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  4. Stigg // July 10, 2008 at 9:55 AM  

    That is great news! I recently switched jobs, but at my previous job they had just adapted a condensed work schedule (every other friday off). Seeing as how I lived 70 miles away, it was saving me ~$30 a month on gas!

    Its great to see companies taking care of their employees like this!