With gas prices constantly fluctuating to fairly affordable to egregiously high, carpooling is even starting to get second thoughts in companies across the nation. And while some companies are brave enough to mention the ‘b’ word of bicycles, some might shy away from it out of fear the idea will be immediately rejected by staff. It’s true your company has some things you’ll have to sort out if you manage to convince your employees that doing bicycle commuting is the way to save money. Your biggest hurdle may not be in how to get it started, but more in keeping the momentum going.
How Can You Convince Employees to Do Bicycle Commuting?
Rather than force everyone into bicycle commuting, you need to see which employees would realistically benefit using the method. Those who live more than several miles away won’t see any benefits because of how long it would take to bicycle to work every morning without exhaustion. You also have to think of their safety, especially if they live in an area where there might be more hazards for bicyclists.
Have an open meeting about bicycle commuting and pick out the employees who live the closest to your company headquarters. You might find some who live a little farther away who might be in good enough physical shape to willingly volunteer. If you still get little enthusiasm, you may have to use a little psychology to get them interested based on outside factors.
Cajoling Employees by Noting Frustrations
While forced bicycle commuting is obviously out, you may want to bring up employee frustrations they’ve been experiencing lately in dealing with traffic congestion or the high price of parking. The latter alone can be a huge incentive in wanting to ride bicycles during commutes. In many cases, the cost of parking eats away almost half of the paychecks employees make.
You should also pick the brains of your employees on whether they like the feeling of doing something for the environment. Almost all employees feel like they need to take part in green activities, and you might be able to win them over into bicycle commuting through green initiatives alone. They may also feel frustrated lately about wanting to get into better shape. You can note that doing the bicycling every day to and from work would help them burn major calories every day without interrupting their job.
Keeping the Incentives Sustained
You’ll want to do everything you can to keep your bicycle commute program going for years down the road. The best approach is to set certain goals and give results periodically during the year so your staff will be inspired to continue. With digital health trackers available, this can easily be done. Then sharing weight loss results with everyone in the company can give a real sense of proud accomplishment.
Also, the saving of money will be another factor in keeping momentum going. Show proof of just how much money your employees are saving each year. As you show charts, no doubt you’ll be able to present money saving increases every month as those who still fight parking fees continually grumble.