Nearlyhalf of UK workers would be more likely to work for an employer who offered aneasy-to-use car-sharing scheme, according to research.Asurvey by Reed.co.uk reveals that transport problems cost UK business £5bn a yearin lost productivity, but currently only 5 per cent of people share a car towork.Thesurvey finds that workers in Wales are most likely to want to car share, with60 per cent of people preferring to work for an employer who offered a scheme. Theproposal is least popular in the south of England, where the figure drops to 39per cent. The research indicates that men (48 per cent) would be slightly morein favour of the scheme than women (44 per cent). Directorof reed.co.uk Paul Rapacioli said introducing such schemes would directlybenefit employers: “Employees tell us that organisations who helped set upcar sharing schemes would directly gain through better attraction and retentionof staff, as well as strengthening the ‘informal network’ within the company.”Thereport claims reduced congestion would in turn lessen lateness and transportstress, as well as reducing petrol consumption.Therehas been an increase in the number car-sharing plans over the past two years –largely because of the Government’s 20-Year Transport Plan, launched in July2000.Theplan made it mandatory for all local councils and NHS trusts to have a separateTransport Plan. This has had the knock-on effect of more local councils makingseparate Transport Plans a compulsory part of applications for new officecomplexes.SimonCollings, transport programme manager for the Energy Efficiency Best PracticeProgramme, claimed HR should be more involved. Hesaid: “Given the clear benefits car-sharing offers to recruitment andretention, I think this is a lost opportunity for HR professionals.”www.energy-efficiency.gov.ukByQuentin Reade Staff favour car sharing schemeOn 18 Jun 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.