PF+A company gives staff financial incentive to not drive alone to work

June 7th, 2013 by PF+A

(click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Alex Whitmore, Director of PF+A, in front of the car, used for car sharing, with other PF+A employees who cycled to work (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

PF+A employees have traded in their cars and solo trips to work for more sustainable and less polluting alternatives thanks to a new incentive scheme launched by the company.

The 14 strong team at the design office in St Peter Port are given £0.50 – £1.00 every time they make their journey to work in a more environmentally friendly way than driving alone to work.

The scheme has seen employees dust off their bikes, hop on the bus, and car share, all of which qualify for a contribution to their personal ‘green fund’ which can be redeemed at the end of the financial year.

Alex Whitmore, Director at PF+A, dreamed up the idea.

He hopes that not only will his team stay motivated but also that his idea will be adopted by other companies in Guernsey.

“As designers we are acutely aware of the impact we have on our environment and this green scheme is a logical step in making our footprint lighter,” he said.

The beauty of the scheme is that it recognises that sometimes it may be more inconvenient to be green.

“It is not always practical to car share or use public transport,” he said.

“We know that car sharing or cycling isn’t always possible, particularly for parents, but if you do a green journey when you can, then that’s a step in the right direction and we want to reward our employees for that,” he said.

An individual’s ‘green fund’ can grow rapidly and the office has been full of discussions on car sharing logistics, walking routes, and cycle tips.

Going green can be healthy.  The twin benefits of environmental care and improved health are not lost on the team.

“Getting out of the car this week has made me realise that we all do spend too much time behind the wheel and not enough time on our feet,” a PF+A employee said.

“You get to see and appreciate far more of our beautiful island on a bike or by foot too.”



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