As Summer Heats Up, Keep Your Employees Cool

May 30, 2013

Photo: Keara MehlertKeara Mehlert is a Business Development Manager at Arlington Transportation Partners. She has been car-free and loving it for the past year and has been biking 3.5 miles to work every day since October 2012.

Well it feels like the DC heat is back in full swing, complete with 90 degree weather and that lovely humidity. For commuters, the heat can be quite inconvenient, especially for those who ride transit and/or incorporate walking and biking into their commute to work. I’m sure most employees would rather not have to sit at work in sweaty clothes, much less share a cubicle with someone who could use a shower. However, there are ways that organizations can make their employees feel more comfortable at work, while also encouraging active and healthy modes of transportation for their commute.

This summer, consider offering some of the benefits listed below – your employees will be happier and more productive (and less smelly!) during the workday!

Flexible work schedules – Getting to work on time can be stressful, especially for those who want to bike or walk to work. By allowing employees to have flexible work hours during the summer months, commuters can take their time on their way to work, and arrive at the office less sweaty and refreshed.

Provide lockers or storage areas – During the hot summer months, many employees opt to bring a set of clothes to change into once they get to work. Employers can make things easier by setting aside a small area in the office to install lockers that employees can use to store clothes as well as towels and toiletries.

Install shower facilities for active commuters – For most employers, installing a shower in the office is contingent on the approval from the building’s property management company. However, with many newer buildings already providing shower facilities, many building managers are eager to stay up to date with the competition and are willing to consider adding new aWalking in Clarendonmenities. If showers in the building are not a possibility at all, employers can provide a discounted membership to a nearby gym so employees can access shower facilities before work.

Implement a telework policy – Employers can eliminate a work trip altogether by allowing employees to telework on certain days during the summer. This could be beneficial especially on Code Red days, when it may be unsafe to bike or walk outside and air quality can be affected. Employers can also stagger telework days for different departments, so everyone is not out of the office at the same time.

Keep your employees comfortable, active, and safe this summer! These are just some of the ways your company can improve the office environment as well as commuting for employees. For questions or assistance on setting up any of the above benefit programs, or to learn more about commuter benefits, contact ATP today!

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