Higher gas prices spur Chicago-area employers to lean on technology


About half of Chicago-area employers say they are cutting back on travel and relying more on the Internet and telecommunication technologies due to high gas prices, according to a recent survey conducted by Downers Grove-based Management Association of Illinois.

More than 25 percent of the 277 employers surveyed reported that employees had inquired about telecommuting, and 14 percent reported following through on the requests. In addition, 27 percent said they had made accommodations for employees who bike to work, and 20 percent said they had altered employees’ work schedules as a result of higher gas prices.

Companies also reported boosting reimbursement rates for on-the-job travel, the survey indicated.