Free services to help improve how you get to and from work.

According to a recent Gallup poll, 70% of employees have checked out at work or are actively disengaged -- annually costing US companies over $300 billion in lost productivity. Disengagement is a clear sign that something is out of balance.

When all aspects of your life are good and plenty - your mental, physical, social and financial health - your total quality of life and your job performance can improve. But where does your daily commute fit into improving your quality of life?

  • Some of us feel like we are working more and spending less time taking care of ourselves and our loved ones. When you factor in a long commute, which may actually be the case. But there are ways to bypass the traffic by trying to bike part of the way to work to save some money or riding MARTA where you can also get a bit of extra work done. Check out alternatives to driving alone here.
  • Finding yourself lacking social stimulation? Maybe getting a carpool partner will help. You can sign up to receive alerts when people who live and work near you are looking for someone to share the ride.
  • Does your company have a telework program? By working one or two days a week at home, you can bypass traffic altogether. Teleworking can even boost your productivity up to 20%! So if your company doesn’t already have a telework policy, send your manager here to learn how to get started.
  • If your company has a wellness benefit program, why not take part in it? It can help improve both your physical and mental health. Sometimes your employer’s wellness program extends to your friends or family members. Did you know you have a 57% greater chance of losing weight if you exercise or diet when you don’t do it alone

The quest for work/life balance leads us in many different directions. But by taking our commuting choices into consideration, simple changes can yield positive results. Check out Georgia Commute Option program information to find some ways to get started.

 



When the first Snowpocalypse of 2014 hit metro Atlanta a couple weeks ago, many drivers were stuck in their cars on the freeway for hours, some even overnight. We were unprepared for the initial impact of the storm and as the second of the year approaches, many metro businesses have made the proper preparations.

Companies all over the city have embraced teleworking as part of their work culture and are allowing employees to work remotely to stay productive and off the roads this week. Elham Shirazi, a nationally recognized telework consultant for The Clean Air Campaign says teleworking is more popular in the metro area than carpooling and taking MARTA to work. She has worked with major companies locally to help them improve their teleworking strategies, including Home Depot, Delta Air Lines, Georgia Power and GE Energy.

While driving alone is the most popular way to get to work, embraced by 82% of people surveyed by the Center for Transportation and the Environment, teleworking comes in second at 7%, followed by carpooling (5%), train (3%) and bus (2%) and biking or walking (less than 1%).

Those who are able to work from home during the winter storm are able to keep performing their daily tasks, ensuring their organization isn’t behind once everyone is able to return to the office. Teleworkers are also able to save a bit of money by changing up their routine; instead of spending a couple bucks on coffee at Starbucks, they can enjoy their own beans at home. Teleworkers are also saving on dry cleaning as well as gas and other car expenses.

Click here to read a full article from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Atlanta employers embracing teleworking, as well as tips for spur-of-the-moment teleworkers.

Stay safe, Atlanta.

 



Did you know with the new Georgia Commute Options logging and ridematching system you can set up custom alerts to remind you to log your commutes and to alert you when new potential ridematches become available?

STEP 1: Log into your account at GaCommuteOptions.com

STEP 2: Click the ‘Match Alerts/Log Reminder’ link under My Profile in the menu down the right-hand side.

STEP 3: For log reminders, select how you would like to receive them. You have the option of by email or to your mobile device.

STEP 4: Select the day(s) and time you would like to receive the reminders. You can receive them once a week, twice a week, or even daily at a time you specify.

STEP 5: If you’d like to receive ridematch alerts, check the ‘Alert Me’ box and then choose how you would like to receive them – either by email or on your mobile device.

STEP 6: Press ‘Save’ at the bottom of the screen. And voilà! You will start to receive alerts when someone in your area wants to carpool or vanpool and your reminders to log your commutes. And you can adjust the settings as often as you’d like.

Have questions or want to see some screenshots? Click here to view some helpful tips about the new Georgia Commute Options logging and ridematching system.



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