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Soaring Gas Prices Bring New Value to Unique Employee Benefit

(EMAILWIRE.COM, June 14, 2008 ) Phoenix, AZ - With the pain at the gas pump getting worse every day, what would you do to get your boss to help pay for your gas? Employees at already have the answer to that question: turn your car into a mobile billboard for your employer. The locally-focused employment site has long had a popular benefit program for employees who brand their personal vehicle: the company pays a monthly stipend and covers 100% of employee fuel costs- whether personal or business related. Participating employee vehicles are wrapped in a plastic coating with company branded, eye-catching designs; covers all related expenses and adds extra money to employee paychecks for participating.

The first Jobing mobile hit the streets in 2001, when was a staff of only 10 people. The idea came from CEO and Founder, Aaron Matos, who wanted to find a cost-effective, unique way to create awareness for the company within the community. The Jobing mobile concept would do that and create a unique way for employees to earn some extra money. Today, there are 270 employees across the country and 61% of them drive a wrapped vehicle, including Matos.

Employees who drive a wrapped vehicle get an additional $500 added to their paycheck every month and picks up the tab for all fuel costs. Most employees are eligible to participate in the wrap program within their first year of employment, depending on performance. requires a good driving record to participate and employees must complete a driving safety class. Not all types of vehicles are eligible for a wrap; prefers cars that are less than five years old and will only wrap certain body styles.

**According to TransitCenter Inc.'s 2007 Commuter Impact Study of 245 human resource professionals, 17 percent of respondents plan to add pretax transit commuter benefits this year--a 340 percent increase since 2006. Fifty-three percent of respondents cited that they are aware that such commuter benefits exist; with gas prices continuing to soar, benefits like the vehicle wrap program at aren’t so “fringe” anymore.

There are a number of other organizations with benefits related to commuting; at Yahoo! employees who don't show up for work alone (who carpool), earn Yahoo! Commuter Bucks, redeemable for free lunches, movie passes, massages and other perks. Here are some other current examples:

Boingo Boingo Wireless in Los Angeles offers employees a $140 per month stipend if you do not use the office parking, encouraging employees to take public transportation, carpool, walk, or ride a bike to work.

At Meradia Group, a Philadelphia-based investment services consultant group, any employee who buys or leases a car that achieves 45 miles per gallon receives a $5,000 check. If employees choose public transportation they reimbursed at 150% for the cost of commuting through mass transit; for consultants who travel to NY and Boston regularly, this is a pretty attractive benefit.

Chaco footwear (outdoor specialty) pays employees $2 every day that they ride a bike to work; Chaco is located in a rural Colorado town and some 30% of their employees go to work on two wheels as a result of the stipend.

Google offers its employees lots of options for offsetting the cost of the commute; the GBus, a free shuttle that provides employees a ride to work from a 50-mile radius of the Mountain View, CA office. There are 30 stops on the various routes and about 1,000 employees take advantage of the perk.

Contact Joe Cockrell at 602-516-5537

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