Having a private car park is an asset to any business. However, in recent years, many entrepreneurs have limited the number of available parking spaces to the absolute minimum. Some of them offer free parking spaces only to high-ranking employees such as directors and managers, leaving all other staff with nowhere to park their cars. Are company car parks necessary in today’s world? Is it possible to have a flourishing business without providing the staff and clients with parking spaces? Let’s find out!
Benefits of having a company car park
First and foremost, providing your staff and clients with a company car park makes it much easier for them to access your company. This is particularly important for companies located in crowded city centres where car parks are usually overpriced, as well as those in remote places where there are almost no parking spaces at all. What is more, a company car park is virtually a necessity when you have employees who commute to work from other towns or districts which can’t be directly accessed by public transport. Additionally, a company car park is extremely useful when your business requires suppliers, clients or couriers to load and unload goods.
It does not matter if your company parking is large or small, but it should always be properly managed. To make things easier for you and your parking guards, we have designed a unique solution. Our parking spot booking system, Parkalot, is a great way to control traffic in your company car park. It allows your employees to book their parking spots in advance. What is more, the parking booking app allows spotting parking incidents, suspicious behaviour and cars which are parked incorrectly.
Benefits of NOT having a company car park
On the flip side, not having a company car park can also bring several benefits to your company. Firstly, you don’t incur additional costs, such as parking rental charges, cleaning and surveillance fees, etc. Secondly, if you own a large parking lot, you have to take on staff who are responsible for its security and maintenance. This can also be costly, especially for companies that are open 24/7. Thirdly, you don’t have to handle the parking lot accidents that sooner or later will surely take place. And finally, you promote a sustainable lifestyle – arriving at work by public transport, on foot or by bike is much more eco-friendly than commuting by car.
So is the company car park a necessity or a privilege these days?
The decision on whether or not to have a company car park should always be based on the actual needs of your company. If you have a lot of workers who commute by car and many frequent visitors who arrive at your office, it is probably better to invest in a decent parking area. On the other hand, if your employees mostly choose public transport and your business partners rarely show up on-site, limiting the number of parking spots can help you make substantial savings with no impact on your company’s performance. Before you make the final decision, take some time to analyse all pros and cons of both solutions and choose the one that works best for your company.
Remember that even if your company has its own car park, it doesn’t always have to accommodate all your employees’ cars. Nowadays, an increasing number of companies treat parking spots as a kind of perk for the best employees. Having a VIP spot close to the entrance to the office can be a great reward and a powerful work efficiency booster. Some companies also offer a limited number of parking spots awarded on the first come, first served principle – start using Parkalot to manage them with ease.
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If you’d like to introduce Parkalot – our car park management app – in your company, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or book an onboarding call.Start using Parkalot in an hour. Allow your colleagues to commute by car, and park on the parking spaces assigned to those who are working from home.