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County among best workplaces for commuters
SARASOTA COUNTY - Sarasota County Government has been named one of the Best Workplaces for Commuters in 2018 for offering exceptional employee-provided commuter benefits that meet the National Standard of Excellence criteria.
"Sarasota County is on the cutting edge of a national movement," said Julie Bond, program manager for Best Workplaces for Commuters. "It has listened to its employees' challenges with traffic congestion and their concerns over reducing emissions. By offering a range of commuter benefits such as subsidized bus fares, carpooling programs and access to Emergency Ride Home programs, Sarasota County gives its employees the support they need to get to and from work so they can be at their best. These benefits are good for the company and its employees."
Sarasota County is among a select group of workplaces in the United States that have committed to employee-provided commuter benefits that result in at least 14 percent of their employee base not driving alone to work within a 12-month period.
Sarasota County offers several commuter benefit options, including:
- Free regular Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) bus rides for all county employee.
- Premier parking spaces and free charging for electric vehicles (for the public, as well as employees.)
- Carpool incentives, including front-row parking spaces at multiple county locations.
- Emergency Ride Home program for employee.
- Bicycle repair stations throughout the county.
"We're extremely proud to receive this national designation, as it demonstrates one of our goals of being an innovative organization," said County Administrator Jonathan Lewis. "Our commuter benefits help give us a competitive edge in employee recruitment and retention and help make Sarasota County a great place to work."
The Best Workplaces for Commuters program offers designated organizations access to a range of support services to assess and promote non-driving commuting of employees, including organizational assessment and implementation tool-kits, web-based tools and webinars, staff training and information exchange.
"The companies on this list understand the importance and impact commuter benefits have on their employees and the value they bring to the environment," said Bond. "Excellent commuter benefit programs may reward these companies not just with a national designation, but buoys workplace productivity, customer loyalty and brand recognition in an increasingly competitive marketplace."
For more information, call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000.