The Leading News & Information Service For The Facilities, Workplace & Built Environment Community

Travelling Back to the Office Safely - Planning for FMs

Travelling Back to the Office Safely - Planning for FMs
09 November 2020
 

Planning how employees can travel back to the office safely and efficiently will be a major focus for many FM professionals, according to research by ParkOffice.

15+ tech, mobility & real estate experts have come together to produce a guide to managing employee transportation in the COVID era. The COVID Employee Transportation Playbook maps out how a broad range of mobility options including e-scooters, car-sharing, bike-sharing and parking software can make it easier and safer for employers to return staff safely to the office.

ParkOffice.io CMO Daithí de Buitléir commented: “Managing employee travel has never been more important for companies. Around the world, when a country emerges from lockdown, employees are demanding safe and reliable transport in order to return to offices. 

“We wanted to create a centralised resource where employers could easily assess the options and identify the methods which best suit their business.”

 

Commuter Management Under FM’s Remit

 

The report states that, for a lot of businesses, particularly those with head-counts in the hundreds, commuter management has loosely fallen under the remit of the facilities management teams.

Facilities management is an incredibly broad brief and in the eyes of many FMs commuting has not been seen as an essential problem to solve.

A school of thought has emerged that employees spend eight to ten hours a day in the office and only a matter of minutes availing of commuting facilities, so it's easier to focus on the office experience. This attitude was slowly shifting as companies realised commuter management was shaping employee mood each day as they arrived at the office.

COVID has really driven employees and employers to reflect on the whole workplace experience. As working from home becomes a real long-term alternative to the office, FMs are being pressed to come up with solutions to ensure that returning to the office is a safe, easy and fulfilling experience.

Key takeaways from the report include:

 

  • The increasing demand for parking and e-bikes as employees avoid public transport in the short-term.
  • The challenges facing micro-mobility operators who are often used by public transport users to complete journeys.
  • The steps public transport operators are taking to restore confidence to their services as a mode of employee transportation. 

 

Picture: a photograph of the interior of a car

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 09 November 2020

Share



Related Articles

Research Suggests Home Workers’ Travel Habits are Unsustainable 

Research examining the travel patterns of home workers has revealed that working outside the office can encourage unsustainable transport patterns, increased car...

 Read Full Article
Could Cutting Your Commute Help Tackle the Climate Emergency?

Research suggests that reducing your commute by just one day per week could save 379.2kg of CO2 emissions. This amount of carbon is equivalent to 2,433km on a...

 Read Full Article
Over 1,500 Key Workers Took up Europcar Rentals During Lockdown

Critical workers such as NHS, fire and police staff, teachers, carers and volunteer responders rented vehicles during the height of Britain’s lockdown. Europcar...

 Read Full Article
49 Per Cent of Commuters Plan to use Their Own Vehicle, as Travel Habits Shift

COVID-19 will revolutionise the way we commute, stemming from a lack of confidence in public transport, says Addison Lee. Research shows that 6 out of 10 London...

 Read Full Article
Travelling To Work In A Pandemic

Following the relaxation of lockdown rules and as we prepare to move to phase two, many who cannot work from home are returning to the commute. As schools, outdoor...

 Read Full Article
NFS and TWinFM Workplace 2021 Survey

For your chance to win £250 of Amazon vouchers, share your thoughts on 2021 workplace trends in our short survey, in conjunction with NFS Technology. The...

 Read Full Article
PwC Commits to Retaining Office Space Despite Prevalence of Home Working

The UK chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers has confirmed that the accounting firm is not planning to downsize any of its office space, despite the “new normal”...

 Read Full Article
Over 50 Per Cent of UK Workforce Happy to Work From Home Permanently

A new survey of 1,000 UK office workers has revealed that 54 per cent are happy to continue working from home for as long as necessary.  30 per cent are happy...

 Read Full Article
Scrap the Clocks Change – RoSPA Calls for Permanent British Summer Time

Why do the clocks change each autumn? The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents is presenting evidence for ending the clock change, as British Summer Time comes...

 Read Full Article
Vending Machines – The Future of Post-COVID Catering?

The whole dynamic of workplace catering has been disrupted by COVID-19, so are vending machines the answer? Aside from the new logistical issues that face workplace...

 Read Full Article