43 Pages Posted: 29 Jun 2016 Last revised: 2 Aug 2016
Date Written: June 28, 2016
Employee energy benefits, such as subsidies for employee home energy audits and financial incentives for carpooling to work, aim to influence employees’ environmental behaviors outside of work. The human resources management and social psychology literatures suggest that employers may have a range of motivations for offering these benefits, that they may improve employee morale, and that they could be effective at influencing employee behavior in the home. Using an in-depth literature search and a preliminary survey of 482 U.S. adults employed full-time, we examine:
(1) how frequently employee energy benefits are offered by type,
(2) employee perceptions about why employers offer these benefits and why employees enroll, and
(3) what effect these benefits have on employee morale and behavior.
The findings highlight a vast array of employee energy benefits types and distinct employer and employee motivations, and provide preliminary evidence that these benefits could influence employee morale and environmental behavior.
Keywords: energy, employee benefits, corporate social responsibility, environmental behavior, climate change
JEL Classification: M14, M52, Q40, J30
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Maki, Alexander and McKinney, Emmett and Vandenbergh, Michael P. and Cohen, Mark A. and Gilligan, Jonathan M., Employee Energy Benefits: What are They and What Effect Do They Have on Employees? (June 28, 2016). Vanderbilt Public Law Research Paper No. 16-36; Vanderbilt Law and Economics Research Paper No. 16-19. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2801607