We’re starting to see some people cautiously heading back into the office, but, after Tuesday's press conference, working from home is the norm again. How long will it take, no one knows, but the day will come when we can go back to the office. Our research shows that, when that time comes, the majority of people will choose to go by car and have to deal with the parking hassle that could go along with it. In this blog, Rick Joosten, sales director at Toogethr, gives advice on how you can best prepare your company.
More flexible working and travelling
Working from home will remain the norm for the time being, unless it is really impossible. How long that will last is unknown, but one day it will end. For real. We were curious to know whether Dutch workers will prefer to go back to the office in the future or whether they will continue to work at home. And if they do go into the office, how will they get there? We investigated the matter and found that they will not only want to work more flexibly, but will also want to have more flexible travel options. The freedom to leave when one wants is the most important factor in choosing a means of transport and this appears to be even more important for men (61%) than for women (47%). It is therefore expected that the car’s share in commuting will rise to over two-thirds. At the same time, great importance is being attached to easy parking by at least 18% of men and 7% of women.
Booking, parking, managing
Ensuring that flexibility is quite a challenge to the ability of employers to plan, especially when it comes to their parking environments. Using a reservation portal makes managing a parking space a lot easier. If they let employees reserve a parking space via such a portal, they can tap into real-time insights when workers arrive and depart but also when peaks and troughs in capacity utilisation can be expected. This data can then be used to optimise occupancy and the parking experience, regulate capacity for the whole car park and even make use of unused spaces if desired.
How does such a process work?
Our parking reservation portal is hardware-independent. Regardless of the parking system currently in use, our parking solution can be linked to it, even at multiple locations. This way one can easily give different people access to a parking space on different days. Danone, for example, has created a sustainable and long-term mobility solution for its 1,800 employees, even though it only has 180 spaces in its car park. Real-time insights not only allow easy tracking in your car park, but you can also use hard data in shaping the direction of your parking policy.
Regulating without hassle
Suppose you can go back to the office in four weeks, but with no more than thirty people at a time. Our reservation portal makes this easy to arrange. With a push on a button, you can regulate your parking area, without the hassle of entering registration plates or issuing parking passes. You can, for example, give access to the design team on Monday, the management team on Tuesday, the development team on Wednesday, the sales team on Thursday, and keep everything closed on Friday. Flexibility is the future. Get ready now.
Do you want to know more about our smart mobility solutions? Please feel free to contact us: we like to think alongside you!