Finding parking space solutions can be tough.
To make it easier, we’ve created an explainer on how to solve the most common parking issues.
The State of Employee Parking 2021 interviewed 105 corporate parking leaders from around the world. As part of this research, we identified five core employee parking problems:
Ok, so now we understand the pain points. Let’s have a look at what parking space solutions are available to solve each of these issues.
Lack of available parking spaces
The topline point to consider is whether could you be managing your parking lot better to free up space.
Many companies who report a lack of available parking spaces actually have lots of empty spaces. How does this happen?
Traditionally, the majority of companies have a certain amount of designated parking bays. This means that these parking spots have been allocated to key staff on a fixed-term basis. This evolved as a tradition to help retain top staff.
Even pre-pandemic the increasing power of technology was making this practice obsolete. Couple this with the rise of flexible working and this is a practice which is rapidly being consigned to the history books. Why?
So think about it, people have always been away from the office for large amounts of time. Be it meetings, holidays, illness etc.
In fact pre-COVID on average 40% of designated parking bays lay empty during peak working hours.
This issue is being compounded as companies begin to return to the office in a more hybrid form. People are now only expected in the office 2 or 3 times a week. How can companies capitalize on this to solve parking problems?
This is where parking management software comes to the fore. Market leading Wayleadr.com is the parking space solution of choice for employers like Sanofi, Indeed & eBay who were experiencing this problem.
So how does it work?
Staff are invited to access to office’s digital parking lot. They can be invited and categorised based on factors which matter to the employer such as seniority, length of tenure etc.
Staff flag their upcoming parking requirements on a regular basis. The Wayleadr.com solution processes who need parking and when. The software then allocates all available space based on demand and employee priority.
Sourcing a good parking management software like Wayleadr increase parking availability by up to 40%. This makes it much more cost-effective and easier to manage than more manual solutions.
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Sourcing extra spaces
Some companies have maximized their existing parking occupancy. Yet, they still have a lack of supply. In this scenario many people look to rent out further spaces.
Again, I’ve written about this issue in detail before – How Businesses Can Find Parking Spaces for Rent.
Simply put there are four steps you can take to find extra space near the office.
- Check out the popular online parking marketplaces in your country.
- Reach out to local commercial real estate agencies who sometimes have surplus of parking.
- Contact parking operators who often do large reductions for long-term bulk deals with local businesses.
- Try and source a local parking broker who match employers with spaceholders.
Lack of budget
This can be tough for businesses. They have big parking problems but simply haven’t committed the resources to solve the issues.
A good way to progress this is to look at how inefficient parking management impacts your business’s bottom line.
The good news is that we can do this for you. Simply let us know a little bit about your business and we will be in touch with a full parking impact report.
The report will measure overspending on real estate, admin and environmental impact. This gives companies the framework to measure how by investing a little more they can actually save a lot.
Managing parking can be a vortex. The world is full of people who spend hours upon hours managing employee car parks every week even though it isn’t in their job description.
The key to success here is automation. Check out how world leading transport provider Alstom used Wayleadr.com to eliminate unneccessary employee parking admin.
There are lots of levers available for companies looking to reduce car dependency as outlined in this blog – The guide to reducing car dependency at work?
The piece of the jigsaw that most companies miss is how to leverage their car park to reduce car dependency. The promise we make to every client at Wayleadr is that we will help them optimize, understand and ultimately reduce their employee parking.
Parking will always have a role in most offices, particularly suburban offices. However, the days of on-demand parking are limited. Companies need to start developing the data & insights which will allow them to futureproof their carpark.
Why are people driving in? How often? On what days? From how far?
In conclusion, parking space solutions are essential for businesses to manage their parking issues effectively.
With the rise of flexible working and the need for companies to reduce their environmental impact, it’s crucial to optimize parking management with technology and automation. By using parking management software like Wayleadr, businesses can increase parking availability and reduce the administrative burden while saving costs and reducing their environmental impact.
Companies can also consider sourcing extra parking spaces, measuring the impact of inefficient parking management on their business, and leveraging their car park to reduce car dependency.
Ultimately, investing in parking space solutions is a wise decision for any business looking to future-proof their parking management and improve their employees’ work experience.