Put yourself in the shoes of a commuter
Does your organization provide options? All employees get to work—but whether their commute
is easy or difficult, inexpensive
or costly, comfortable or frustrating,
often depends on the options their employers offer.
Unfortunately, the jobs-housing imbalance in Santa Barbara County
forces many employees to live and work in separate
communities. Offering commuter benefits allows you to recruit and retain
the best talent for your organization, by increasing the
size of your labor pool and easing the cost and stress of
Of course, many people see no alternative to driving. But with a little effort and imagination, you can
help your employees make choices that benefit them, your
company, and our beautiful community.
Put yourself in the shoes of a long-distance Santa Barbara County commuter—which would you
Our company offers flexible scheduling,
including compressed workweeks (9/80 schedule with a 3-day
weekend every 2 weeks) and part-time telecommuting; flexible
work hours to assist with work-life balance; discounted
company-supported vanpools, half-price transit passes for
regional commuter coach busses, and your choice of cash in
hand instead of a “free” parking spot.
COMPANY B: Our company offers inflexible work hours
and no help with your commute.
Even though we are aware of the high cost of housing
and the time and money you spend on your stressful commute,
we feel that your how you get to work is your responsibility
and not our concern.