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Toolkit overview

Member only toolkits designed to help businesses roll out travel behaviour 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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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. 

Download the digital poster to load on to your Executive Channel monitors to entertain your employees in the lift and around the building.

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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.

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.

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Case Studies


Case Studies

Learning through other people’s experience

Case Studies


Case Studies

Learning through other people’s experience

Moving in smoothly   Learn how Abbott used mobility champions to ensure a smooth office move for staff

Moving in smoothly

Learn how Abbott used mobility champions to ensure a smooth office move for staff

Flexible Contact Centres   Insights from customer contact centres who have successfully adopted flexible working

Flexible Contact Centres

Insights from customer contact centres who have successfully adopted flexible working

Introducing flexible work   An introductory overview of flexible work practices - from policy to culture - from organisations who have made flexible working work for them.

Introducing flexible work

An introductory overview of flexible work practices - from policy to culture - from organisations who have made flexible working work for them.