Employee Bonuses for Staying Home During COVID-19: Hytch Rewards App Launches ‘Shelter in Place’ Feature

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Award-winning platform will partner with employers, governments and brands to offer cash rewards with no service fees.

“These are challenging times for public policy, and there’s great potential value in technology that enables communities to monitor and reward sheltering in place, for as long as policy demands.” - Congressman Jim Cooper.

Hytch Rewards, a technology solution that incentivizes smarter mobility decisions, today announced Shelter in Place, a new feature for its popular mobile app. Designed to encourage behavior that will limit the spread of COVID-19, Shelter in Place will pay daily cash rewards to sponsored U.S. residents who self-quarantine at home.

As a growing number of states issue recommendations or legal orders for citizens to “shelter in place,” the Hytch platform will give employers and governments greater ability to confirm and manage compliance in a positive way. The cash rewards delivered through the app, which tracks a user’s location, are being funded by employers, governments and brands that care about the well-being of their employees and communities.

Employers can offer Shelter in Place rewards to:

  • Encourage employees to engage in safe and healthy habits that benefit themselves, their family, their team and community
  • Ease the financial burden of being furloughed or having to telework
  • Ensure that work-from-home team members actually are at home

Governments and corporate brands can offer cash rewards to incentivize sheltering in place for larger groups and populations.

Until now, the Hytch Rewards app has primarily been used to reward commuter behavior that reduces traffic congestion and emissions, or that encourages carpooling in areas with limited public transit. With the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic, however, many commuters are needing to become housebound.

“What America needs right now is to flatten the curve of COVID-19 infection,“ said Mark A. Cleveland, co-founder and CEO of Hytch Rewards. “National smartphone data tells us some regions are doing better than others at social distancing, and we at Hytch believe rewards can be a highly effective tool for influencing human behavior. Our partners decide what those cash rewards will be, and even if they’re minimal, they still have a positive impact.”

Among the first employers to partner on the Shelter in Place initiative is the office of U.S. Congressman Jim Cooper, from Hytch Rewards’ home state of Tennessee.

“We’re offering a small daily reward via the Hytch app to thank my staff for working hard for my constituents, from home,” said Cooper. “These are challenging times for public policy, and there’s great potential value in technology that enables communities to monitor and reward sheltering in place, for as long as policy demands.”

Another supporter of the initiative is Greater Nashville Technology Council, an advocacy group for Middle Tennessee’s $7.5-billion emerging tech industry.

“I respect the quick response from Hytch to leverage their platform for rewarding a different type of good behavior,” said Brian Moyer, GNTC’s president and CEO. “This is a great example of the innovation from greater Nashville’s tech sector as we focus on solutions for containing COVID-19.”

As a contribution to coronavirus response efforts, Hytch is waiving all set-up and monthly fees for any U.S. state or local government, or private employer of any size that joins the Shelter in Place program before April 10. There is no minimum contract. Potential partners can learn more at http://www.hytch.me/shelter-in-place-rewards.

About Hytch
Hytch Rewards is a mobility incentive platform that gives users access to cash rewards and carbon zero transportation in sponsored areas. Employers and communities use Hytch to connect people to job opportunities and critical services, engage employees in corporate social responsibility initiatives, and promote the habits of sharing a ride, walking, biking or using mass transit. Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, Hytch was recognized as the Nashville Technology Council’s Emerging Company of the Year, and has received the Tennessee Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Sustainable Transportation Award, and the Nashville Entrepreneur Center’s NEXT Award as Social Enterprise and Sustainability Startup of the Year. To learn more, visit
http://www.hytch.me or email press@hytch.me for media inquiries.

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