The recent rise in oil costs has increased petrol prices across the UK, resulting in many people feeling worried and apprehensive about the costs associated with travelling to work. With food and energy prices soaring and the cost of living continuing to rise, it’s no surprise that many employees are feeling the effects when it comes to their finances.
Although commuting to and from work is ultimately the responsibility of your employees, as an employer, you could offer additional support to help those struggling with the costs associated with travelling to work. If an employee can’t afford their commute to work due to increased fuel prices, then you could permit them to work from home, providing this works for the business. However, with utility costs rising, many employees will be torn between saving on their commute or paying more for their heating and electric whilst working from home.
If employees live close to each other, you could suggest the possibility of car sharing. However, this is subject to any COVID-19 restrictions that may be in place, such as social distancing guidelines, ventilation and mask polices.
Another option you could consider is, if an employee is struggling to pay for their commute on a short-term basis, loaning them money as an advance or repayable via deductions from their wages.
Although it’s your employees’ responsibilities to ensure they can get to and from work each day, it’s still important to provide them with the right level of support whilst getting through these challenging times. Doing so could stand you in good stead with your team, boosting their job satisfaction and productivity.