HR central to travel plans

Reducing staff reliance on driving to work needs the support of HR professionals, a government best practice guide on travel plans claims.

Work travel plans designed to promote walking, cycling, public transport and car sharing need the communication skills of HR if they are to succeed, the guide from the Energy Efficiency Best Practice Programme says.

“Staff liaison is vital: staff need to be consulted and encouraged to take ‘ownership’ of any new arrangements. Human resources professionals have particular skills and expertise in dealing with staff which can contribute greatly to the successful implementation of a travel plan,” it states.

Andy Lake, author of the guide, added that encouraging alternative travel or remote working is good for the employer as well as the employee.

“Employers gain from having a more motivated workforce and increasing their pool of potential workers,” he said.

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