It’s quite a number… 2.5 million. That is the number of trips made every morning by city residents.1 When you add infrastructure construction and improvement work to those millions of trips, traffic only gets worse. In 2015 alone, the annual cost of traffic for the metropolitan area was $1.8 billion.2
Reduced productivity and more stress for employees
Eighty-eight percent of human resources and industrial relations professionals in Greater Montréal report that road work has a negative impact on their employees. This is what came out of a 2016 survey, conducted by the Ordre des CRHA (certified human resources professionals of Québec), which showed that the province’s workers suffer from stress, irritability and fatigue, leading to tardiness, psychological suffering and absenteeism. Organizations then see a drop in productivity.
While the choice of transportation is a personal one, companies can play a role in facilitating or accelerating the shift from solo car trips to collective or active modes of transportation, even telecommuting.
Benefits of sustainable mobility solutions
Flexible hours, telecommuting, paying for public transit passes in whole or in part and car sharing are a few of the solutions that enable companies to improve employee well-being, reduce absenteeism, improve recruitment and retention, and foster motivation and efficiency.
As a 2015 study conducted by Université de Montréal showed, introducing telecommuting can reduce absenteeism by 65%! By offering sustainable mobility measures, companies increase productivity and their attractiveness to employees.
Become a role model in sustainable mobility with the Chamber
To prompt action by helping companies introduce measures to reduce solo car use, this year the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal is launching the pilot project, “Major employers take action for mobility.”
This project, carried out with the support of Mobility Montréal and the cooperation of the Centre de gestion des déplacements Voyagez Futé and MOBA, will help organizations reduce the number of solo car trips their employees make by introducing a travel management plan and concrete sustainable mobility measures.
The Chamber is also calling on mentor companies that have demonstrated leadership in introducing sustainable transportation measures. Companies that are part of the pilot project can draw inspiration from the experience of these leaders as they become major employers on the road to sustainable mobility.
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1 2013 Origin-Destination Study
2 Report produced for the Montreal Climate Coalition, 2016