"I think the telling point for this company was that they saw a decline from 54 percent to 17 percent attrition for new hires coming out of the Davenport area after the company-sponsored shuttle was implemented. So they have seen some real savings in costs."
Businesses benefit directly when they become invested in transportation solutions. Business service representatives can help business customers understand their return on investment and the benefit to their profit line due to participation in transportation-to-work solutions. Take a look at some of the advantages they reap:
- Minimize employee turnover caused by a lack of reliable transportation-and save thousands of dollars on subsequent recruitment and retraining costs
- Reduce costly employee late arrivals and absenteeism due to transportation issues
- Maximize employee recruitment catchment areas by optimizing regional transportation options to work
- Secure a competitive edge in a tight labor market by offering employee transportation assistance
- Enhance company image as an environmentally and worker friendly company by supporting transportation
- Preserve valuable land for business needs rather than parking lots by encouraging employee ridesharing and public transit usage
Transportation to Work Toolkit
Joblinks' Transportation to Work: A Toolkit for the Business Community can help business development staff in workforce development agencies summarize the benefits for businesses. These two-page briefs on different topics explore the many advantages that accrue to employers from being part of employment transportation strategies.
Also, hear directly from and about business owners who have joined the transportation conversation-to their advantage!
- In this article, learn why the Carmel, Indiana Chamber of Commerce makes the case that a robust local economy and a livable community require a strong and well-funded community and public transportation network. Also, listen to a podcast conversation between Carmel Chamber of Commerce President Mo Merhoff and Joblinks Director Carolyn Jeskey.
- View Business/Economic Development video presentations from workforce board members, businesses, and transportation providers at the Joblinks: Encore! website.
- Learn how more than 30 employers, including REI, Apple, Walgreens and Cornell University, have successfully implemented employee transportation programs. Read more
- Read what Frank Bozich, president of chemical company BASF's Catalysts Division, says about his corporation's prioritization of rail and transit access for their employees. Read more
- This article highlights three chambers of commerce that understand the potential of public transportation in supporting the local economy, attracting new businesses, and sustaining local businesses. Read article
- With local business support, a shuttle service in Texas now serves rural workers and allows local businesses to draw its workforce from a larger geographic area. Read more
- A 2008 study, The Economic Benefits of Employment Transportation Services, reports on the tangible benefits of joint federal-local job access transportation programs experienced by low-income riders and the public at large.