Contemporary Performance Issue Essay

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Contemporary Performance Issue


A Contemporary Performance Issue
Commuting is a perfect example of a contemporary performance issue, "traffic congestion
can steal valuable time from employees' personal lives" (Wells par. 1). The typical
employee is concerned with the time lost in commuting to work and not spent at home with
their family. The family could be spouse, children, pets, parents, siblings etc.…If your
everyday lifestyle started with the concern and time wasted just for commuting to and from
work, you already started the day with a strike against you. In the past, this was not an
issue with the employer. The employer was concerned with what they had control over at the
workplace, if you had other problems, leave them at the door. Lately, it has been pointed
out that more can be done for the employee in the field of Human Resources (HR). For
example, instead of open parking for everyone at the work place, initiate a preferred
parking area for those using some type of car pool. This encourages a social environment
to and from work, as well as relieving some employee stress. If all of the employees are
in some type of rotating pool, then an extra load of stress is being relieved from some of
the employees all of the time, or all of the employees some of the time. Either way you
look at it, you can hope to see an increase in concentration and performance. As an added
incentive, "The Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21), enacted in June
1998, allows employers to offer workers either cash or tax-free reimbursements for
parking, mass transit fares and van pooling expenses" (Wells par. 3). This is further
enhanced for the employer since the Clean Air Act of 1990. There are about 100
metropolitan areas that mandate air quality goals by reducing vehicle emissions that cause
pollution. Some states like California have districts that require employers with 250 or
more employees to adopt clean air measures to include trip-reduction programs. All of this
results in employees no longer being concerned with traffic or parking or fuel expenses.
This is an attractive incentive for retention and also as a recruiting tool. The
advantages of adopting a strong program as part of an overall benefits package are clear.
Here are some examples of how some organizations have put this to use:

? Bethesda, Md.-based Calvert Group Ltd. estimates that it cut employee turnover in
half—from 25 percent to 12 percent—once it put in place a comprehensive transportation
benefits program. Some of the perks offered to the investment firm's 160 employees include
$75 per month for parking and full reimbursement for public transit fares. About 25
percent of Calvert employees use alternative forms of transportation, says Judy Schober,
HR director. Another plus: "It tips the scale in our favor when a recruit is comparing
offerings of other companies to ours," Schober says (Wells par. 4).

? At Kaiser Permanente, 50 percent of the company's 2,600 headquarters staff in Oakland,
Calif., now commute five days a week by a method other than driving alone, says Kathy
Gerwig, national manager of resource conservation. "We created a financial disincentive
for parking and driving alone, while creating a financial incentive for using transit and
car pooling," says Gerwig. The company achieved this by eliminating parking leases and
reducing employee-parking subsidies at one Kaiser complex in the downtown Oakland area. At
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