Car-free day: how to turn one day into a year...

    MONTREAL, Sept. 22 /CNW Telbec/ - In support of the event In town without
my car!, which is celebrating its sixth anniversary this year, the Ordre des
CRHA et CRIA du Québec (ORHRI) reviews some inexpensive policies that
organizations could adopt to promote sustainable mobility all year long.
    "Organizations can permanently introduce a number of relevant HR
initiatives that are often good for the environment, as well as advantageous
for employees and employers alike," explained Florent Francoeur, CHRP, Ordre
President and CEO.

    Reorganizing work or "two birds with one stone"!

    Some forms of work organization can help reduce environmental and
financial costs tied to employee travel. The four-day week, telework, and
video teleconferencing are just a few good examples. "These measures not only
enable employers to save time and money, but they also improve work/personal
life balance. Workers spend more time at home and waste less time on the
road," continued Francoeur.

    Green and inexpensive ways to travel

    There are many other ways organizations can promote more ecological and
inexpensive methods of transportation. They can introduce carpool programs,
lease hybrid cars for employee use, organize private commuter services for
intercity travel from the office, or reimburse public transit fares.
"Companies are often looking for ways to cut travel costs. Most solutions are
simple and profitable: an Internet carpool bulletin board can reduce these
costs; reimbursing public transit fares costs less than paying for an
employee's parking or mileage and eliminates costs arising from lateness
caused by traffic jams," added Francoeur.
    The Ordre believes that HR practices of this kind are an excellent way
for businesses to contribute to their social balance sheet and stand out from
the crowd as an employer.

    ORHRI is the primary human resources management and industrial relations
reference organization in Quebec. Recipient of a Grand Prix québécois de la
qualité 2005, it has a membership of close to 9,500 dynamic professionals,
including almost 7,500 CHRPs and CIRCs. It is the only organization authorized
by the Professional Code to confer the designations of certified human
resources professional and certified industrial relations counsellor. Active
in all sectors - businesses, government organizations, unions, academia,
consulting firms - CHRPs and CIRCs work in industrial relations, human
resources management, occupational health and safety and in-house professional

For further information:

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