This paper discusses factors influencing white-collar employee attitudes toward alternative work-schedule changes, to determine whether the desire to avoid traffic congestion is a primary determinant of attitudes. A random sample of 110 employees from the Main Office of the New York State Department of Transportation in Albany, New York was administered a short questionnaire on travel patterns, attitudes toward components of work schedules, and perceived schedule-change impacts on family life, travel patterns and working environment. A technique known as trade-off analysis was used to determine the most preferred programs and the characteristics of those in favor and opposed to schedule changes. Results showed the basic motivation behind favoring work-schedule changes is the employee's desire to introduce flexibility into family, leisure, and work activities; the desire to avoid traffic congestion is a contributing, but not a major, factor. The most preferred arrangements are 5-day variable hours, 4-day variable hours, and 5-day individual-specific hours, all with over 65% support. Support is strongest among younger employees with children in school; weakest among single and older employees and carpoolers. Policy implications for transportation planning are discussed. /Author/

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  • Accession Number: 00172886
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Res. Rpt. 125
  • Created Date: Apr 12 1978 12:00AM