Recruit, retain employees + create thriving workplaces by leveraging low-cost commute benefits

Brand Story – Get local employer insights on offering commute benefits for every budget during FREE webinar May 11 as Get There Oregon webinar series kicks off.

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Commute StatsUnprecedented changes and challenges are taking place across today’s work landscape as employers face no shortage of headwinds from recruiting and retaining employees to creating thriving workplaces. Employers have traditionally viewed commuting as largely a concern borne by employees. But the pandemic has illuminated how critical it is for employers to factor the commute into their operations and workforce strategies.

Get There Oregon and partners, including Metro and TriMet, are kicking off a free Thriving Workplaces Webinar Series with the first installment set for May 11—Commute Benefits for Every Budget—to equip employers with insights and tools for leveraging low-cost commute benefits that can serve critical business needs, while easing commutes and improving employee engagement.

Commute Benefits for Every Budget
May 11 ׀ Noon – 1 pm

Looking for ways to attract and retain employees without breaking the bank? How about ways to improve morale and employee engagement? Join Get There Oregon and partners, including Metro and TriMet, on May 11 for this free webinar, Commute Benefits for Every Budget, the first in our series aimed at helping employers and employees transition out of COVID-19 and succeed in today’s evolving work landscape. This roundtable panel will showcase leadership from small to medium-size businesses with a variety of staffing models, schedules, and transportation situations. Our presenters from Relay Resources and Ace Hotel Portland will discuss their approaches to offering low and no-cost transportation incentives to their teams and answer your questions about this timely topic.

What you’ll learn:

  • Find out how commute benefits can be used as recruitment, retention, and morale building tools
  • Gain insights from small to mid-sized local employers on offering commute benefits to your employees at any budget
  • Explore how commute options can work for different workplaces and employee schedules to meet your employee’s transportation needs
  • Get strategies and tips for engaging your employees on using commute options
  • Tap into free local resources, tools and support to propel your commute benefits program
  • Ask panelists your commute benefits questions
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Featured panelists:

Jetamio Kennedy and Catherine Souder, Relay Resources

Relay Resources, a non-profit organization headquartered in Portland, recruits and employs more than 700 people in clerical, assembly, fulfillment, janitorial, landscaping, document services, and supply chain/distribution jobs on behalf of companies across the region. As such, Relay maintains a considerably dispersed workforce. Relay understands and actively removes barriers to work like stable housing and, also critically, transportation.

Cat Souder is the Employment Program Manager for Relay Resources where she ensures employees have what they need to succeed. Jetamio Kennedy is their Employee Resource Specialist and manages Relay’s employee Hop Card transit program.

auroraAurora Sanquilly, Ace Hotel Portland

Ace Hotel Portland is a popular boutique establishment with over 75 stylish rooms and various on-site amenities for guests. Ace Hotel Portland employs nearly 50 workers serving in a variety of job capacities from shift to administrative positions. Located in the heart of downtown Portland, parking can be a particular challenge for on-site employees and guests.

Aurora Sanquilly is responsible for finance and human resources at the Ace Hotel Portland. She’s responsible for recruitment and retention strategies for staff commuting into the Portland’s Central City, where parking is expensive and difficult to access. Aurora is a strong advocate of offering generous benefits and wages to meet employees’ needs. She loves being a part of the team at the historic Ace Hotel that is working to recover from the impacts of the pandemic and revitalize Portland’s downtown.


Moderator and host:


Adriana Britton, TriMet

TriMet provides bus, light rail and commuter rail service across the Portland metro region, as well as provides commute options consultation and support to local employers of all sizes.

Adriana Britton is one of TriMet’s Transportation Options Coordinators and is a senior member of the agency’s employer and college outreach programs. Adriana works with employers of all sizes to deliver commute options programs that meet business goals and needs, while easing the daily commutes of employees. A frequent transit rider, walker, and runner, Adriana loves working in the transit industry and helping people find a better commute.

If your business is exploring commuting benefits as a tool in your recruiting and employee retention toolkit, then we hope you’ll join us!


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