Carpooling provides a variety of advantages for New Jersey’s workforce. The decreased commute time and opportunities for socialization help you arrive to work early and strengthen colleague and coworker relationships. The financial savings and lower environmental impact are also beneficial.
If you have not thought about carpooling, you might want to consider it. Here are some reasons why and questions to ask carpool participants.
Discover the carpooling advantages for New Jersey’s workforce.
Decreased Commute Time
You can use carpool lanes on your commute to and from work. Spending less time waiting in line helps you arrive at the office earlier and start work on time.
Carpooling helps you get to know colleagues and coworkers and bond over shared interests. These relationships can help you feel more connected to the organization.
You might save hundreds or thousands of dollars a year by carpooling. Sharing operating costs with at least one other person can reduce your monthly spend on commuting. You can use the freed-up money to pay down debt, save for a planned purchase, or increase your retirement fund.
Reduced Environmental Impact
Carpooling substantially reduces the amount of greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere. This impact significantly benefits the environment for future generations.
Questions to Ask Carpool Participants
- What is each carpooler’s schedule? Everyone’s schedule should align as closely as possible to avoid arriving at the office unreasonably early or leaving unreasonably late.
- Are eating, drinking coffee, or smoking in the car acceptable? Set expectations for the commute to avoid conflicts.
- How will the costs be calculated and paid? Consider car maintenance fees, tolls, parking permits, gas, and other relevant issues. Include whether payments will be made per ride, weekly, or monthly. Decide whether cash, Venmo, or another payment method will be used.
- What happens when there is a vacation, illness, or emergency? Determine a backup driver in case the scheduled driver is absent.
- Who is driving? You might want to rotate who drives to and from work to share the responsibility.
- Which route is most convenient? Local streets might be better than the freeway.
- Where are the pickup and drop-off locations? These locations should be near each person’s home or in a public location such as a grocery store. Be sure to check the parking restrictions before you decide on a location.
- How long should the driver wait for a passenger before leaving? Be mindful that a carpool schedule cannot be altered to accommodate an emergency. Therefore, there must be a time limit for waiting to avoid conflict or arriving late for work.
- Does each participant prefer to listen to music, news, podcasts, or audiobooks? The participants should agree on the entertainment and have equal opportunities to choose the selection.
Are You Looking for a Job Change?
When the time comes to change jobs, include Staff Right Solutions in your search. Use this link to our job board.