Convenience: Parking

Businessman sitting in car

When it comes to working, parking is often a necessity. Although not everyone has their own car and chooses to get to work by driving, providing parking options for employees is very important. Having a flexible program that both encourages green transportation but still gives workers the freedom to carpool or drive themselves when they need to is essential. Employees do not want to work for a company that forces them to pay exorbitant parking fees, whether its daily or monthly. Although parking can be a major problem in large cities and urban areas, companies should strive to work out a plan for their employees when it comes to parking. In fact, there are important benefits for both employees and employers.

Advantages to Employees

Employees who have options when it comes to where to park and how much they have to pay for parking are better off than those who do not. When parking isn’t made available, it can contribute to a daily headache and added stress of having to find and pay for parking near the office. Those people who have no option but to commute should be given a place to park near the office and if space is a restriction, the company should take steps to remedy this. When employees feel as though their needs are being taken care of, they are more likely to express satisfaction with their jobs.

Although the consensus is slowly shifting in favor of those who do not drive to work, in some cases it simply isn’t possible for working people to take alternate modes of transportation. Parents are the perfect example. They are more likely to have family commitments that require that they drive to work. In many smaller cities it is simply not possible to take public transit to drop off and pick up kids before and after work. Companies should expect that some of their workforce will take their cars to work and they need to be sensitive to their need to do so. The advantages for employees are that they don’t have to worry about the hassle of finding parking in the morning.

Advantages to Employers

Employers can gain from offering parking to their workforce. In particular, there are certain tax benefits for those companies that do provide on-site or subsidized parking in nearby lots. In fact, parking is considered a fringe benefit that is actually an attractive feature for most employees, who want the flexibility to choose their mode of transportation as they see fit. A parking program can offer them choices such as paying by month or by day according to when they need to drive.

Offering parking doesn’t mean that employers aren’t promoting green initiatives, either. It simply means that they are looking out for the needs of their employees, who might sometimes need to take a car to work or in the very least have the option of parking their car. In many cases, it means that workers have a predetermined destination and they waste less fuel driving around in circles in search of a parking spot downtown or in a congested city center. Parking lots can also be used as outdoor green spaces for employees, if companies are creative in implementing this idea. Although most companies are starting to discourage their employees from taking their cars to work, it is evident that having a company space, whether for bikes or the occasional car, is a good idea.

Pros & Cons

When looking at possible job opportunities it is always a good idea to write down a pros and cons list. This can help you to determine what aspects of the job you might like and what aspects you may want to change.

Some important job aspects to consider include possible travel, team outings, casual attire, flexible hours, working from home and more.

Workplace Culture

A workplace culture can have a big impact on your everyday life. If you enjoy work you will be more likely to perform better and stay interested in the tasks at hand.

Some of the ways that companies today are helping to foster a positive work environment is to allow employees access to free food and drink, showers, gym memberships, nap areas and gaming rooms.