Shared Workspaces Need Shared Employee Transport

Shared Workspaces Need Shared Employee Transport

Most new-age companies today hold offices in business or tech-parks. They have played a pivotal role in making India a global powerhouse. As per a recent estimate, more than 10 million people have their workplace in tech-parks. These have redefined the meaning of ‘office’. They offer the best amenities for work and recreation, parking and security – thus enhancing the overall employee experience.

While they excel in infrastructure, they fare poorly on connectivity. They’re mostly situated outside the city to optimize on cost and availability of real estate. For companies running office within their premises, providing employee transportation becomes imperative to connect them to these far-off locations.

Though a company may save by moving to outskirt locations, the benefits are considerably countered by the expenses dedicated to employee transportation.

This makes the tech-park less attractive and increases the probability of
employee attrition.

Another problem in this scenario is that of parking which dedicated buses & cabs create within and around the tech-park. This causes congestion and makes commute a hassle for those coming to work there.

The issue persists even for Tech-parks located within the city. Though they are well connected, they cause a massive overload on public infrastructure,
particularly roads.

The high volume of vehicles moving in and out of these parks leads to congestion around their premises, making commute an everyday struggle for the employees.

With these two major issues, maintaining and improving their asset value becomes a challenge for a tech-park. They need to enable an ecosystem of shared public transport for the employees of their tenant companies in order to provide proper connectivity and decongest the roads surrounding them.

Another segment which faces similar challenges is co-working spaces where employees from different companies aggregate. Herein, respective companies cannot provide dedicated transport due to lack of sufficient employee strength. Thus they prefer co-working spaces which provide good options for their employees’ daily commute.

These challenges can be overcome by introducing Shared Transport System which can be used by employees of the various tenant companies without each company needing to provide dedicated transport. The companies can pre-reserve a certain number of seats in these vehicles (buses) as per their employee strength and/or organisational policy.

This model will not only lead to huge cost savings for the companies who were earlier providing dedicated employee transport but will also allow high convenience to the employees – they would no longer be bound by specific bus timing and will have flexible time slots at their disposal.

Technology adds another level of comfort and convenience for these employees.

These services connect employees directly from home to office and hence eliminate the hassle of changing modes of transport to reach their workplace. Quality AC coaches, assured seat for everyone and optional services like food and beverages on board enhance their comfort and commute experience.

Shared Transport System is a new but a necessary solution for Tech-parks and companies alike. However, not all conventional employee transportation companies can enable this. This model requires high expertise in managing the scale of operations ensuring that the services are reliable, efficient and safe.

Thankfully, with companies like Shuttl, this is not only possible but is also running successfully in various cities across the country.


Here are the Shared Transport Models on Shuttl’s platform


Enhancing Commuter Safety🛡️ for One and All

Enhancing Commuter Safety🛡️ for One and All

So far, safety in employee transportation is seen as a statutory guideline that the company needs to implement. However, the rising number of incidents have triggered the corporate sector to go beyond the statutory requirement and adopt the best practices and technology to ensure not only physical security but information security of employees as well.

Let’s have a look at how technology, smartphone, and the internet work seamlessly to meet the highest quality of safety standards in employee transportation.

Kavita works with a leading MNC based out of NCR (National Capital Region). She stays at the far end of the city and hence uses the company provided employee transport service to commute to office and back home on a bus.

A seat for Kavita is auto booked every day as per her shift timings. Driver and bus details are sent to her on the Transport Company’s Mobile App before the start of the trip. Before boarding the bus, Kavita verifies the bus number and matches the face of the driver with the photograph displayed on her app.

Now, the driver starts the trip using facial recognition technology built in driver’s mobile app making sure that only the authorized driver is at the wheels. As soon as the trip starts, Kavita’s ride details are shared with her emergency contacts and they can track her bus as well.

As soon as the trip starts, Kavita’s ride details are shared with her emergency contacts and they can track her bus as well.

There is an AI-based camera inside the bus which automatically detects if the driver is overworked and shows any signs of drowsiness. On any such occurrence, the transport team is instantly alerted and even has an option to turn off the ignition remotely till a backup driver or bus is arranged for.

If the driver is overworked or shows signs of drowsiness, the transport team is instantly alerted and even has an option to turn off the ignition till a backup driver/bus is arranged for.

It is a 90 minutes long journey. The panic button right next to the passenger seat ensures that help is just a push away. Also, Kavita can use a virtual panic button on mobile app secretly without bringing it to the notice to anyone inside the bus. Any panic alert activates the Emergency Response Team which follows the standard procedures to make sure that employee is safe.

ERT has details of the guard, driver, and GPS location of the bus handy to take any swift action. Cases where the employee is not able to raise a panic alarm, alerts such as route deviation, over-speeding, and halt detection can alert the transport team of any danger to the employee.

The bus drops Kavita at her drop point and she immediately presses the de-board button on the app. When trip ends, all trip data is wiped out from driver app leaving no digital trail on the mobile phone.

The paperless operation ensures that no personal employee information remains on paper for unauthorized access. In minutes, Kavita receives an automated IVR call asking for the safe drop confirmation.

Post her confirmation, the system verifies her GPS location with her home location for dual verification. Kavita has reached her destination safe and sound, like always.

A recent survey at Kavita’s company shows that female employees now feel safer traveling in office vehicle and the high safety standards have brought down employee attrition rate as well for them.

Kavita’s ride story may sound futuristic but some of it is already in place. And in a couple of years, this will be the new normal. The only question is, who will be the first to adopt the new normal?

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Shuttl is the new age way to get to work. It’s an app-enabled, on-demand bus service that lets you travel to your destination and back in a safe, easy and stress-free way. Our mission is to take the pain away of commute and give everyone access to safe, affordable, reliable and dignified commute. Download the Shuttl app now and hop on to a super comfortable ride: https://goo.gl/7uHgYs

Beating pollution, one seat at a time.

Beating pollution, one seat at a time.

There‘s a lot more heaviness in the air. The signs are ominous. Visibility has gone down and suddenly a lot many people are seen wearing pollution masks and talking about fresh air. The basic right has become a luxury. It is not surprising at all. While the months of November- December bring in the festive season, it also adds to its woes.

A recent research suggested that air pollution leads to a decline in cognitive abilities. Warning on the lasting impact of pollution on our health and well-being goes out almost every day now. Key causes range from the notorious crop burning in the north/north-west to the never-ending and ever-increasing vehicular pollution in urban areas.

There are so many reasons for the bad air that engulfs us – but the chief culprit is vehicular pollution. Delhi-NCR has 556 motor vehicles up and running, per one thousand people. That means there’s a private vehicle for every second person in the city![i] No wonder the air quality in the region remains under the “severe” category for several days in a row.

To make matters worse, PM 2.5* known as ‘fine particulates’ was recorded at 264 micrograms against the safe limit of 60 micrograms just 2 days before Diwali![ii]

Such fine particles are also known to trigger or worsen diseases such as asthma, heart attack, bronchitis, and other respiratory problems.

Shuttl, along with the Gurgaon Police authorities, recently distributed over 15,000 masks in Shuttl buses to help curb the impact of deadly air pollution engulfing the citizens of Delhi-NCR.

While solutions are being sought after in ways to minimize the effect of pollution, can we also reduce our car-dependency, and search for alternate options?

Perhaps it is a good time to shift to Shared Mobility…

A way that reduces our carbon footprint, city congestion levels, and all the related pollution is shared mobility.

Opt for smart buses which are road-space and carbon-efficient. Indeed, buses move a large group of people in the most efficient manner.  On-demand, smart buses offer safe and reliable commuting and while there were limited options like this before – they are now available for office goers!

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In fact, World Resource Institute (WRI), a Delhi based think-tank found that Shuttl produces an equivalent amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) levels, compared to a public bus, and is 10 times more carbon efficient than a private car.

Shruti, a young professional from Gurgaon, has already made the shift. She prefers a reliable and safe mode of commute over her car which she leaves daily at her home now. By choosing Shuttl, she is happy to do her bit towards a greener environment.

Commuting from Neharpar, Faridabad to Gurugram every day, here is what she has to say:  “Shuttl acts as a reliable commuting option and a safe group-based commute for me. I do not have to be exposed to the rains, smog, or dust that I used to face earlier. I don’t need to use my car or worry about parking. I am doing my bit to reduce congestion. I think everyone should try it out.”

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References

[i] https://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/delhi-has-556-motor-vehicles-per-one-thousand-people-118031901217_1.html

[ii] https://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/delhi-pollution-air-quality-remains-very-poor-situation-to-worsen-118110500069_1.html 

*What is PM 2.5?

Commonly written as PM2.5, it refers to atmospheric particulate matter (PM) with a diameter of less than 2.5 micrometers. Since they are so small and light, there’s an increasing chance of humans inhaling them deep into the lungs.