After starting to see some staff return to work, we are back to working from home after last Tuesday’s press conference. No one knows how long this will last, but there will come a day when we will be allowed back into the office. Our research shows that once that happens, the majority of people will choose the car in spite of all the parking difficulties. In this blog, Rick Joosten, Toogethr’s sales director, tells us the best way to prepare for this.
Working and travelling flexibly
Working from home is the norm for now, unless there’s no other way. We don’t know how long this will last, but it will certainly come to an end. We were wondering if the Dutch working population would prefer to return to the office or if they’d rather stay at home. We did some research, and it turns out that not only will we work more flexibly, we’ll also commute more flexibly. The freedom to set off when we want is the most important factor in choosing the means of transport: for men (61%), it’s somewhat more important than for women (47%). So, it’s expected that the use of the car will rise to more than two thirds. At the same time, finding a parking space easily is quite important – as indicated by 18% of men and 7% of women .
Reserve, park, manage
To go along with that flexibility, an appeal is made to the employer’s planning capacity, certainly in regards to the parking environment. The management of parking space is made much easier by using a reservation portal. If you have employees reserve parking space via such a portal, you obtain real-time insights into when they arrive at the office, and when you can expect peaks and dips in the number of reservations. In this way you can optimise the occupancy and the parking experience on the basis of data, control the capacity of the entire parking location, and even make use of unused space.
How does such a process work?
Our parking reservation portal is hardware-independent. Regardless of the parking system you use, our parking solution can be connected to it, even if you have multiple locations. You can, for instance, easily allow different people to access your parking facility on different days. Danone has created a sustainable, long-term mobility solution for their 1800 employees in this way, even though they have only 180 parking spaces available. Because you have real-time insight, not only are you able to follow the developments happening in your parking area, you can also determine – based on solid data – the direction that your parking policy takes.
Suppose that we can return to work in 4 weeks, but no more than 30 people. You can easily manage that with our reservation portal. With the push of a button you can manage parking spaces without all the fuss involving license plate changes and delivering passes. In this way you can provide access to the design team on Monday, to the management team on Tuesday, and the development team on Wednesday; on Thursday the sales team comes in, and on Friday you keep the parking area closed. Flexibility is the future. Make sure you’re ready for it now.
Would you like to know more about our smart mobility solutions? Please feel free to contact us; we are happy to think along with you!