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and shows new employees why it is
important. We have also had several
days where Commuter Services and
Enterprise have come into the lab and
talked with employees directly during
"Participation can be a challenge,
especially in a large organization, and
to that, carpoolers and vanpoolers are
offered preferred parking spots as an
additional incentive. Making the internal
communications simple, fun and
engaging also works well to increase
the interest and participation."
GOALS & OUTCOMES
Like any project or initiative, setting and
measuring your goals is critical to your
continued success and buy-in among
One short-term goal for Eurofins
Lancaster Laboratories is to continue
to encourage employees to carpool
and register with Commuter Services.
"We would also like to have at least
two running vanpools by the end of
the year," commented Weaver. "[Our]
long-term goals include sustaining the
vanpool program and reducing our
carbon footprint from transportation,"
according to Weaver.
So, next time you buckle up and hit the
streets, think about how this everyday
ritual could play a significant role in
bettering your employee recruitment
and retention efforts. How are you
going to be the change in
BY ALLISON BUCHER,
Contact Allison at
Tips to Consider
in Your Workplace
* It is helpful to first give a survey in
order to learn about employees'
interests and needs.
* Consider working with local
organizations, such as Commuter
Services. Commuter Services is
helpful in matching employees that
live near each other to help them
Within the past year, the company has
increased its carpooling participation.
"We currently have 50 preferred
carpooling spots on our campus and
one running Enterprise Vanpool,"
IT'S NOT ALL ENGINES
Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories also
offers bicycle parking and promotes
"Bike to Work Week," however, there
are not always safe bike routes for all
of their employees depending on their
commute. There are some on-going
discussions within Lancaster County
of specific projects that may enhance
and improve biking options which
would certainly help to improve this
alternative commuting option in the
How We Move People and Goods:
According to places2040, "Lancaster County:
A Changing Place, 2000-2015"
* Between 2002 and 2012, the total daily vehicle miles of travel (DVMT)
in Lancaster County increased by 9.7% from 10.57 million miles to
11.59 million miles - an average annual change of just under 1%.
* 79% of people drive to work alone in Lancaster County.
* 21% of people carpool, vanpool, bike, walk or use transit.
* 23 minutes is the average commute for workers in Lancaster County.