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.
So let’s get started. The first step to solving any problem is to define the actual issue. The State of Employee Parking 2021 interviewed 105 corporate parking leaders from around the world. During the research, five core employee parking problems were identified.
- 41.1% of employers report a lack of available parking spaces at the office.
- 32.1% of employers find it difficult to source extra space to fit their needs close to the office.
- 11.6% of businesses mentioned a lack of budget as a constraint to managing parking more effectively.
- 9.8% of companies reported difficulties with the administrative burden of managing parking.
- 5.4% expressed concern that their current parking policy was not environmentally sustainable.
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.
1. Lack of available parking spaces
A lack of space is the most common problem. In many cases it is also the easiest issue to resolve. I’ve previously written about this issue in detail here – Not enough parking spaces at work? 5 easy solutions.
The topline point to consider is 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 ParkOffice.io 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. Staff 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 ParkOffice.io solution processes who needs parking and whens. The software then allocates all available space based on demand and employee priority.
Sourcing a good parking management software like ParkOffice increase parking availability by up to 40%. This makes it much more cost effective and easier to manage than more manual solutions.
2. 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.
3. 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 businesses 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.
4. Administrative Burden
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 ParkOffice.io to eliminate unneccessary employee parking admin.
5. Environmental Impact
As somebody who spends all day every day talking to companies about the future of their employee parking lots. I am always surprised by how few companies have a plan on how they are going to reduce their car park size over the next 10 years.
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 ParkOffice.io is that we will help them optimize, understand and ultimately reduce their employee parking.
Parking will always have a role at 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?
Over the next 10 years, the environmental pressures for companies to identify and eliminate unneccessary journeys is going to grow massively.
Getting started with ParkOffice.io is a great first step on this journey. Check out how leading global pharma company Sanofi are using ParkOffice to reduce their parking dependency.