One of today’s almost ubiquitous problems is car parking, and workplaces are suffering the same plight as everywhere else. As land is at a premium and workplaces become increasingly over-populated, parking is a major issue for corporations across the globe.
It doesn’t need to be this way, though. As the world moves into a more digitally-minded dimension, there are solutions out there that remain unconsidered by many large organisations. Here are five ways organisations can reduce parking pressure:
It’s so obvious, and yet we are still to see this amazingly simple solution become a mainstream option for commuters. Facilitating an employee ridesharing programme can reduce the number of cars parked at work by over a half, plus it enables employees to earn extra income, save on commuting costs, and develop relationships with fellow employees. It also helps organisations to meet their sustainability targets by reducing localised pollution and congestion on the roads.
It’s grown phenomenally in recent years, but the humble old cycle commute is a no-brainer for many. Apart from the initial cost of a bike and a small amount of routine maintenance, it costs virtually nothing and you can get fit in the process. Employers need to ensure sufficient bike storage facilities are in place, and can also potentially offer health and fitness rewards to employees who cycle to work. A great tick in the box of the CSR policy as it also reduces pollution from vehicles. Electric bikes are also on the rise and save employees from turning up at the office all sweaty. A great option for people who only have a commute of less than 10 miles.
Organisations should be setting up walking and running groups for employees who want to combine their commute with some fitness benefits and some social bonding. Walking or running is much more of a motivation when there are other people involved too. It costs nothing, helps promote a healthy workforce (proven to reduce stress and sickness among employees), and again, cuts down the number of cars in the car park.
All three of the above commuting options can be incentivised, and this is the biggest route to getting a bit of a culture change within an organisation. If there are palpable benefits for employees then they will be more likely to explore alternative commuting options, saving precious workplace parking space and creating a sense of ‘reward’ across the workforce. If employees can benefit from priority parking, save money and/or earn points towards healthcare or corporate gym memberships, for example, then organisations are much more likely to generate ‘buy-in’ from them.
5. Remote working
IS it really necessary for everyone to be in the office every day? Remote working is becoming much more commonplace these days, and in the era of technology, most office-based roles can be conducted from anywhere. Organisations should be thinking about whether they could be offering remote working opportunities for their employees; even if it is just one day a week it could have a significant impact on parking issues.
To find out more about how Faxi can work with your organisation to implement incentivised ridesharing, get in touch.