by Brianna Crandall — November 27, 2020 — A coalition of mobility experts has come together to produce an expert guide to managing employee transportation in the COVID-19 era. The COVID Employee Transportation Playbook maps out how a broad range of mobility options including e-scooters, carsharing, bikesharing and parking software can make it easier and safer for facilities managers (FMs) to help staff return safely to the office.
A recent McKinsey report showed commuter confidence in transport options has changed radically over the last course of the pandemic, with only seven percent of respondents believing public transport is a safe way to travel. This is raising serious questions for many employers who need to figure out alternative ways to attract staff back to the office.
The publication features contributions from a host of leading voices in the mobility, real estate and transport industries including Kathryn Hagerman Medina (Ride Amigos), Carl Pittam (Ubeeqo), Will O’Brien (Zipp Mobility), Sarah McCartan (CitySwift) and Hugh Cooney (Bleeper Bikes).
Key takeaways include:
- The increasing demand for parking and e-bikes as employees avoid public transport in the short term.
- The challenges facing micromobility operators who are often used by public transport users to complete journeys.
- The steps public transport operators are taking to restore confidence in their services as a mode of employee transportation.
The playbook was pulled together by ParkOffice.io, a provider of office parking management software for companies “of all shapes and sizes” to monitor parking availability and allocate parking spaces in real time.
Speaking about the publication, ParkOffice.io CMO Daithí de Buitléir remarked:
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 centralized resource where employers could easily assess the options and identify the methods which best suit their business.
The full COVID Employee Transportation Playbook and a list of contributors is available on the ParkOffice.io website.