Workers are feeling the gasoline pinch and are adjusting their leisure activities to compensate, according to a survey.
Almost 65 percent of respondents are reducing their entertainment and hobby expenditures because of higher fuel costs. Sixty-four percent are dining out less and 29 percent are choosing fewer extracurricular activities for their children. More than half are cutting back on summer travel, while 29 percent are canceling summer travel plans altogether.
Higher fuel prices may affect the workplace too. Nearly one-third of respondents said they're considering switching to a job closer to home.
Some employers are taking notice and are providing assistance to retain employees. Nearly one-quarter of employers allow their workers to telecommute, while 17 percent are subsidizing mass transit as an employee benefit.
More than one out of five employers are organizing car pools or shared ride programs.
The survey was sponsored by Manpower Inc., which polled 900 workers online between May and June.