The Real Impact of Staff and Contractor Parking on your Hospital Operations
Posted 18 May 2021, Australia
If you thought that the issue of staff car parking had become more difficult in recent years, you’re right — and there’s real evidence to confirm your hunch.
Twenty-three percent of employees place problems with commuting as a key reason for resigning1. Beyond this statistic, further research highlights that time, cost and stress associated with finding somewhere to park are all key contributors to the problem.
Looking from another perspective, before it reaches the issue of staff resigning, staff and contractor parking is already causing headaches to organisations.
Managing parking for staff and contractors is no easy task. Let’s have a closer look.
More people, more cars, more problems
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, car ownership since 2000 has leapt ahead of the nation’s population growth. In 2019, there were 19.5 million cars on Australia’s roads — that’s a huge increase of 62% in less than two decades.
With more people driving more cars, there’s far greater competition for the finite number of parking spaces available. Then there’s that concern of finding the balance between parking for staff and parking for your customers. While the ideal solution is to build more car parks to meet the demand of both your employees and customers, we all know that this is not always plausible. There are other ways to ease the pain. One of which is to optimise the way you manage your parking capacity for your staff and contractors.
Giving designated access to a specific car park, at a specific time, to your staff and contractors allows you to plan better and to manage expectations.
Manual administrative tasks
Everything is online nowadays but there are some processes that are still being done manually. In many organisations, this includes the management of staff and contractor parking which puts a burden on your wider team – including HR, Finance and Operations.
HR team members frequently highlight the time and energy they must devote to allocating spaces, answering queries, responding to complaints and engaging with trade unions over issues including fairness and employee safety. Collecting cash payments, manually managing access cards or reconciling payments with staff and contractor accounts must drive your Operations and Finance team to the edge.