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Asking your boss about creating a carpooling incentive is a great idea!

Here’s a suggested approach:

  1. Schedule a Meeting: Request a meeting with your boss. You can send an email or talk to their assistant to find a suitable time.
  2. Highlight Benefits: Start the conversation by highlighting the benefits of carpooling, such as reduced carbon footprint, cost savings for employees, reduced parking congestion, and potentially improved team bonding among carpool participants.
  3. Research and Data: Present any research or data you’ve gathered regarding successful carpooling incentive programs in other companies. This could include cost savings, environmental impact, and employee satisfaction.
  4. Propose the Incentive: Offer a proposal for a carpooling incentive. It could be financial incentives, preferred parking spots for carpoolers, or even non-monetary incentives like extra time off or recognition.
  5. Address Concerns: Anticipate any concerns your boss might have, such as administrative burdens or costs, and be prepared to address them. Offer solutions or compromises if necessary.
  6. Open Discussion: Encourage an open discussion. Ask for your boss’s thoughts and whether they see any potential challenges or opportunities for implementing such a program in your workplace.
  7. Follow-Up: Regardless of their immediate response, thank them for considering the idea. Follow up with any additional information or clarifications they might need.

Remember, it’s essential to approach this conversation professionally and be prepared to answer any questions or concerns your boss might have. Good luck!

MidPenRideShare is a free service operated by the Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission for residents, workers, commuters, and tourists in Virginia’s Middle peninsula (Counties of Essex, Gloucester, King and Queen, King William, Mathews, and Middlesex and the towns of Tappahannock, Urbanna, and West Point).
The Commission has partnered with the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) and their Virginia-wide ConnectingVA program to provide free ridematching to find carpools, vanpools, and all forms of public transportation, trip planning, and information on park-and-ride lots, bike share services, electric vehicle charging stations, and rewards.