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Toolkit overview

Member only toolkits designed to help businesses roll out travel change campaigns, implement flexible work practices and improve car parking practices. The team at Connect are always happy to help you make the most of these toolkits - just ask us.

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Temporary Transport Plan


Temporary Transport Plan for Sydney Metro ECRL

With the upcoming temporary closure of the 3 rail stations serving the area in late 2018 - we'll share resources from TfNSW and our members here.

Temporary Transport Plan


Temporary Transport Plan for Sydney Metro ECRL

With the upcoming temporary closure of the 3 rail stations serving the area in late 2018 - we'll share resources from TfNSW and our members here.

Epping to Chatswood rail closure at a glance

Timing for temporary closure

Connect have been advised by Transport for NSW that the duration of the temporary closure will take about seven months from late 2018 until early 2019. 

Connect member holding statement

Connect members collaborated to produce a holding statement to be used on intranet sites if required - download here.

 

Temporary closure of three train stations:

  • Macquarie University
  • Macquarie Park
  • North Ryde

Transport for NSW will provide support with additional buses needed for the temporary closure. In the long-term, we'll see ongoing infrastructure benefits for key bus corridors and local bus services will improved. 

Epping to Chatwood Upgrade Q&A

In conjunction with Connect Member Organisations and Sydney Metro - TfNSW has published a Q&A to assist people managers in conversations with staff about the Epping to Chatwood rail upgrade and temporary station closure - download here

Government Temporary Transport Plan (TTP) 

The NSW Government advised it is committed to increasing public transport reliability to support growth in Sydney. During the upgrade of the Epping to Chatswood line, customers can expect a high frequency of bus services with seven different bus route options, in addition to existing bus routes.

This includes more than 30 buses every hour in the morning peak from Epping to the Macquarie Park precinct and Chatswood. In the morning and evening peak period, services will connect customers to train stations along the Epping to Chatswood line stations at least every six minutes, with a higher frequency on the busier routes. A dedicated Macquarie University service will also run from Epping Station.

More details of the Temporary Transport Plan will be made available closer to its commencement. For more information about the Epping to Chatswood upgrade, go to the Sydney Metro website

TTP Bus Route Map

 

 

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Remote co-working


Remote co-working

How to implement remote co-working practices to maximise productivity in times of change 

Remote co-working


Remote co-working

How to implement remote co-working practices to maximise productivity in times of change 

Remote co-working broadens staff mobility

Globally, we know the nature of work and the workforce are evolving. And employers in our precinct are on the forefront of this change with teams dispersed globally, across remote locations. Forward thinking organisations are challenging workplace perceptions by focusing on the outcome, not on the physical place. 

With the upcoming temporary closure of the three stations servicing the area, employers have taken the lead by broadening the range of mobility options for staff and sought to reduce travel to the area by including remote co-working in their employee offering. 

Remote work location preference

After the pilot, over two thirds of people preferred a co-work space option - demonstrating the value of using co-work spaces to increase mobility options for a broader range of employees.

What is remote co-working?

Remote co-working allows employees to work 1 or 2 days a week from a co-working location close to their home. Employees can choose from a number of sites that have been approved by their employer and share the experience with their colleagues.

There is a lot of research that demonstrates the benefits of people working remotely. This includes:

  • demonstrable productivity improvements
  • improved motivation
  • and networking benefits.

There is also plenty of research highlighting the benefits of co-working for individuals and small businesses, including flexibility, collaboration and productivity.

There is less information and evidence about:

  • The value of utilising professional co-working spaces, as an alternative to working from home, to support remote work for employees of large organisations.
  • The cultural changes needed to support greater utilisation of remote work within large organisations.

Giving remote co-working a go

 
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In late 2016 to early 2017 Connect trialled remote working at two co-work spaces for a select group of employees from two major workplaces, Optus and Aristocrat Technologies, in Macquarie Park. The pilot’s aims were to assess the following:

  • potential of more flexible working environments - i.e. working remotely from the Macquarie Park office
  • attractiveness of working remotely in co-work spaces for employees
  • productivity of remote workers - based on employee and manager perceptions
  • employer satisfaction of remote working – for both “business as usual” and as part of business continuity planning for temporary rail shutdown.
  • issues and opportunities for a broader offering to Connect members of remote work through co-work locations.

The results of the remote co-working pilot blew us away

Here are some findings of the remote work pilot’s evaluation.

93% of managers vote to continue co-work

There was overwhelming support from managers to continue use of remote co-work.

66% reduction in travel time

The average number of travel minutes decreased significantly during the pilot - improving the work/life balance of all participants. "Saving 2.5 hours of travel per day allowed me to be more efficient in my working day as well as spend more time with my family instead of sitting in traffic." - participant.

How to successfully implement remote co-working

The key to success is to encourage individual managers and work areas to value the broader business benefits of remote work and to adjust their communication and work practices to accommodate more of it. Trust and good communication remain fundamental. Here are the tools, the findings and the our members experience to help set you and your workplace up for success.

 

Connect partners with Shared Work Hubs Association of Australia 

The Shared Work Hub Association of Australia (SWHA) has been formed to take the future of co-working in Australia to the next level. Their members recognise co-working is paving the way for productive changes in our modern economy and we want to ensure that the co-working movement continues to grow. 

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Exclusive offer to Connect members

For just $28 per day Connect  members can take advantage of the following co-working locations:

  • Oran Park Smart Work Hub - South West
  • Space and Co Rouse Hill - North West
  • Nexus Smart Hub - Central Coast
  • Space and Co CBD - Sydney - available at additional cost

Co-working facilities:

  • WHS compliant workstations and work spaces
  • Hub host for day to day assistance
  • Fast secure internet
  • Printing and scanning
  • Kitchen facilities - free tea and coffee
  • End trip facilities - showers, bike racks and lockers
  • Breakout areas
  • Phone areas/booths
  • Team areas 

Co-working facilities covered by one-off $20 administration fee per employee:

  • Monitors
  • Meeting rooms
  • Video conferencing facilities

Co-work location escalation points

The SWHA will nominate a designated project manager for this initiative for Connect members. This project manager will be responsible for: 

  • Ensuring that the process works seamlessly for Connect members
  • Liaising with Connect 
  • Responding to queries from participating companies and their employees 
  • Onsite hub specific enquiries should be directed to the hub host of that specific hub

Looking to the future

Connect is currently seeking expressions of interest from other vendors to provide a group discount to members across multiple sites - stay tuned for updates. SWHA are investigating expansion accross their network also.


Work is something you do, not a place you go


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Co-Hop and make a difference


Co-Hop and make a difference

Promoting Co-Hop to your staff is essential and we're supplying you with a range of tools to help you

Co-Hop and make a difference


Co-Hop and make a difference

Promoting Co-Hop to your staff is essential and we're supplying you with a range of tools to help you

 

Your help in promoting Co-Hop to your staff is essential and we're supplying you with a range of tools to help you

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Thanks for getting on board with Co-Hop ride sharing. In the last year it has proven to be a win, win for everyone in Macquarie Park, cutting demand for parking spaces, reducing congestion and saving on travel costs. Not to mention all the new friendships and great environmental benefits that naturally flow from ride-sharing - with an estimated 7.7 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions saved so far.

Macquarie Centre Shopping Vouchers and Valet parking.
We're giving Macquarie Centre shopping vouchers with valet parking to Co-Hop ride sharers in a monthly prize draw from now 31 December 2017 valued at $50 to new Co-Hop ride-sharers.

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Use your 'Make a Difference Pack' to help Co-Hop make an even bigger difference.
Your help in promoting Co-Hop to your staff is essential and we're supplying you with a range of promotional tools to help you, including:

  • Campaign website: www.connectmacpark.com/cohop 
  • Employee campaign launch email -
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  • Regular Co-Hop Make a Difference email and social media posts which will include details of monthly prize winners. 
  • Downloadable Co-Hop digital displays:
  • Downloadable Co-Hop A4 posters to display in kitchens and bathrooms - download
  • We're also running local area advertising - so watch out!

Remember, Co-Hop is run by Connect to facilitate easy and safe ride sharing and other transport options to and from Macquarie Park. It helps everyone save money and the planet on their way to work and has already removed cars from the roads around Macquarie Park.

For more details on promoting Co-Hop contact member services coordinator Cheryl Nolan on 1300 761 527 or cheryl@connectmacpark.com

Co-Hop fact sheets 

 

 

 
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It's easy by bus


Get on Board, it's easy by bus

Help promote the hundreds of new Macquarie Park bus services added in the last 12 months to your employees. This toolkit gives you a range of
materials to make visable in your workplace.

It's easy by bus


Get on Board, it's easy by bus

Help promote the hundreds of new Macquarie Park bus services added in the last 12 months to your employees. This toolkit gives you a range of
materials to make visable in your workplace.

 

Get on Board, it's easy by bus

Your help in spreading the word to your staff is essential and we're supplying you with a range of tools to help you

Thanks for getting on board with Connect and promoting the hundreds of new bus services to and from Macquarie Park to your employees. It's never been easier to get on board and catch the bus to work, cutting demand for parking spaces, reducing congestion and saving on travel costs.  We've designed a range of tools to help you spread the word - just take a look!

 
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Email and web banner

Download this image to use in employee emails and on your company intranet to promote the hundreds of new bus services to and from Macquarie Park.  Size 900 x 450 px

It's never been easier

  • There are now more buses to and from Macquarie Park and North Ryde every week day  
    –  over 480 new services in the past year
  • Taking the bus can save you money
    – save on petrol, tolls or parking costs  
    – most people don’t understand how much their car costs per annum
    – it would be cheaper in most cases to use a mix of taxi's, Uber and Rideshare everywhere than own a car
  • 18% of Macquarie Park workers already catch the bus to work but 64% still drive-alone in their cars
  • 13% of workers come from The Hills where most of the new bus services are coming from

A4 Poster

Download this poster - it's great to hang up in the kitchen area, on the back of toilet doors or other areas with long dwell times. 

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Intranet tile

Download this image to use on your company intranet or newsletter to link to our website.

Digital display 16:9

Download this file to load on to your Public area monitors to entertain your employees in the lift and around the building.

Animated digital poster 1

Download this animation to load on to your Executive Channel displays to entertain your employees in the lift and around the building.

Download this version of the animation to play on 16:9 Public area monitors.

 

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Tailored eDM

This is an example of our tailored EDM to be sent directly to those employees travelling from selected areas who have given their permission to be contacted by Connect to advise them of the new bus routes from their area.

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Download this animation to load on to your Executive Channel displays to entertain your employees in the lift and around the building.

AdShels

Adshel posters are displayed at bus stops in locations all over Macquarie Park and North Ryde throughout April and May - look out for them as you travel around the park.

Flexi-toolkit


Flexi toolkit

Australians are changing the way they work by getting flexi 

Flexi-toolkit


Flexi toolkit

Australians are changing the way they work by getting flexi 

Let's get flexi

In 2015, work life balance toppled salary as the #1 priority for professionals

In the past, the provision of flexible work options was often viewed by the management of organisations as an optional ‘fringe benefit’. In the current demographic and economic climate however, policies and strategies that promote work-life balance for employees are becoming increasingly vital to commercial sustainability. 

Flexible working arrangements can assist businesses to increase job satisfaction, develop management and leadership skills - maintaining productivity and retaining valuable employees who feel appreciated and engaged. This results in a happy, healthy workforce with a work-life balance.

What is flexi work?

Flexi work encompasses a mix of flexible work practices on an ad-hoc or regular basis, including:

  • Working form home or off-site from a remote office
  • Part-time work
  • Job sharing
  • Staggered start and finish working hours 

How to make flexi work, work

There's a huge pool of incredibly talented people in your office and in the market place who are underutilised. They're parents, job-sharers, entrepreneurs starting out... and they're keen. Consider these tips for success when implementing flexi work:

  • a high level commitment from senior managers 
  • the flexibility required in order to respond to different individual needs
  • your workplace culture should be considered and business practices may need to be amended
  • the methods of communication to staff and how initiatives will be promoted within and outside the organisation
  • processes for analysing, monitoring, evaluating and reporting - Connect will help you here - our annual travel survey will capture flexi work participation and results for your business

 

Case Study: Microsoft

90% of Microsoft's UK staff work flexibly, so all staff have access to laptops, headsets and webcams. Online training, step-by-step guides and IT workshops are held to ensure staff know how to best use the technology. 

A number of business benefits have been identified since flexi work was first deployed, including: 

  • An improved productivity gain of 28 minutes per employee per day, saving Microsoft $86 million in employee cost. 
  • Microsoft employees avoided taking more than 45,000 trips per year, which saved an additional 420,000 hours in travel time. Assuming half of this is recaptured for work-related activities, this time is valued at $17 million. 
  • The average cost of each of these saved trips is $2,050, saving the company $93 million in travel costs. 
  • Employees avoided flying more than 100,000,000 miles in the first fiscal year, saving 17,000 metric tons of CO2 
  • By reducing audio conferencing costs, Microsoft IT expects the cost savings to be 50% of current charges, totalling more than $9 million over three years. 
 

Car Parking Toolkit


Car Parking Toolkit

Connect can guide your decision making process on the management of parking with the aim to positively impact business productivity

Car Parking Toolkit


Car Parking Toolkit

Connect can guide your decision making process on the management of parking with the aim to positively impact business productivity

Parking Tool Kit

Car parking can be a very contentious issue for any organisation - decisions on the management of parking directly impacts the productivity of the workforce and travel choices introduced by an organisation. Organisations can expect minimal change in employee travel behaviour without effective parking management.

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Three E's of best practice parking allocation:

There are three principles every parking allocation scheme should consider:

  1. Effectiveness
    • complimentary improvements to other transport modes
  2. Efficiency
    • minimise parking congestion
    • minimise distance travelled in car park
    • minimise overspill parking
  3. Equity
    • level playing field between all transport users
    • transparent policy making
    • fair and reasonable allocation & charging

Parking management decisions

Explore the possible outcomes for your parking management decisions using the Connect Parking Management Decision Tree below. 

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Transparency is key

Transparency is key to successful parking management. Open, honest and on-going engagement ensures your employees accept and adopt a broad choice of mobiltiy options. 

Its a good idea to engage employees in the development your parking strategy, including their views and opinions parking allocation. When final decisions are made - such as introducing new cost of parking spaces - employees will be less likely to oppose the decision. Without transparency, employee disenchantment and resentment will build.

Who has priority?

 

A range of PArking allocation options

There are several parking systems available, they are not exclusive and some cases a hybrid of systems may be most beneficial for your organisation. 

Financial incentives

The most common disincentive to discourage parking is to charge for using a car parking space. However, there are alternative options:

  • incentives to be paid to those travelling without a car
  • compensatory payments for giving up a parking space
  • reductions given for public transport fares or providing free work buses.

These financial incentives are most effective when combined with parking restraint. Restriction of parking will be more acceptable for employees if there are viable transport options that are practical and financially attractive.

Case Study: Optus Campus, Macquarie Park

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The relocation of Optus to Macquarie Park created a challenging situation. The consolidation of their workforce of 6000 with a limited parking space of only 2002. The primary mode of transport for employees to Macquarie Park was primarily via car. To tackle this challenge, the Optus Transport Strategy was developed to encourage sustainable travel modes while dissuading car use.

The key success of the strategy was finding effective management for the demand on car parking spaces. Extensive research, open debate and testing of various allocation options showed that the most efficient and equitable allocation method was to levy a charge for car parking. Funds generated in surplus, after covering car parking lease and management costs, was reinvested in the Transport Strategy. An individual mode choice model indicated the appropriate level to charge for car parking. The original 2007 fee was $10 a day, now having risen to $14 a day, with a discounted cost of $7.50 a day for a Ride Share (carpooling) space.

Transparency and high levels of engagement with employees resulted in little opposition to the parking charge when announced. This was additionally supported by the significant incentives in encouraging sustainable transport use via the Transport Strategy.

The parking system requires employees to register and charges deducted from their salaries post-tax. Priority parking and discounted charges were given to employees carpooling to work. A number of spaces were set aside for employees with mobility impairments, shift works, and some senior management and sales staff, without charge as their car needs were deemed essential for work.

The car park management system utilises a Variable Message Sign to provide real time information on the parking bay availability and to maximise the usage of spaces. This prevents over-letting and provides detailed reports on aspects of car park usage. Access to the car park is granted via the employee’s ID card, with a new system introduced requiring the additional carpool employees to swipe their cards to ensure compliance with the carpool discount charges.