Employees spend countless hours travelling to work, finding a parking space, walking to the office, heading back and going home, and repeating everything the next day. Most businesses in large commercial and office complexes have parking spaces for their employees. Unfortunately, those without large office spaces do not always have adequate parking for their employees.

With the Covid-19 restrictions slowly easing and the UK opening up gradually, offices are reopening to operate several days a week. While this is excellent news, it is also a nightmare for employees who drive to work. Most employees are looking forward to getting to the office but are dreading the parking issues associated with their daily commute.

Many employees spend a lot of time searching for parking every day, meaning they often get to work late. Some even drive extremely recklessly to work so they can reach a parking space before they are all gone. Doing this is detrimental and may cause accidents, frustration, and road rage.

But, how do you find parking for employees when you don’t have enough?


Book Parking Spots:

You should book parking spots for employees with YourParkingSpace.co.uk and find the perfect space. The app allows you to reserve parking spots with ease for regular employees, visitors, key stakeholders, and more. YourParkingSpace is an online marketplace that helps you find safe and secure parking spots across the UK.

As an employer, you can book parking daily, weekly, monthly, or quarterly with rolling parking confirmation. It is quick to ensure that all employees have the parking spot details and get their access cleared with the company. Not to mention, YourParkingSpace offers the Best Price Guarantee, meaning that you will never overpay for a parking space when pre-booking through their platform.  These spaces can be near the office or business, and employees can save time finding parking  and have a stress-free driving experience.


Travel Planning:

If you only have a few spots available for your employees, you can help employees plan their travel. Strategies such as car sharing, ensures that there are less cars in the building and can even help cut carbon emissions for a better environment. However, there are several drawbacks to this, especially in the case of an emergency or when employees have to come to work for important meetings.

Travel planning will help ease the parking load but may not be a long term viable solution. Once all employees return to the office on a daily basis, it will be challenging to manage parking for all employees. You may also face some irate customers who demand parking.


Automatic Parking:

Many businesses have automatic parking for their employees. Multi-level automated parking facilities help save a lot of time and money for employees. All they need to do is drop off their cars in the morning and pick them up at the end of the workday. Automated multi-level parking can be enabled for all employees, customers, visitors, and stakeholders. However, setting up automatic parking is an expensive proposition.

As an employer, you would also have to rent a car park close to the business, get permissions, pay for the parking maintenance service, and provide training for the parking attendants. If you have a large company, you could still consider this as a permanent parking solution. Yet, a small to medium-sized business may have difficulty sustaining the real estate and machinery cost.


Parking Allocations:

If you have limited parking spaces available, you could allocate parking spots according to employee seniority. If this could become a potential issue, you can give out parking spaces according to the length of service. Doing this is a good way to ensure long-serving employees do not get disgruntled in the long term.

Parking allocations aren’t always ideal since many employees travel for work or work from home for lengthy durations, and the spots remain empty. Senior staff are usually the ones that always travel and may not require parking each day. Instead, it is the lower-level staff that need the additional parking. If your business is sales focused and you have salespersons, and people out on the field who need to be in and out of the office throughout the day,  it is best to allocate parking spaces for them.


Flexible Work Arrangements:

While finding ample parking may not be possible each day, you can opt for flexible working arrangements instead. Most employees are now used to working from home. If you offer a remote option a few days of the week, you could alternate the parking between employees coming into the office and those working from home.

This is not a long term solution but will be effective for a short while. It is best to provide spots by booking parking spaces for all employees. Pre-booking spaces from a trusted source is more cost-effective and ideal.

By Lisa Baker, Senior Editor

Senior Editor Lisa Baker is the owner of Need to See it Publishing Group, providing contract news for business and news sites across the UK. Lisa is an experienced HR writer and commentator, editing HR publications for more than 5 years.