Guide

Workplace travel planning

Advantages and benefits of workplace travel plans

Operating a workplace travel plan can bring many benefits for your business and your staff. In particular, it will save your business money and reduce the impact it has on the environment eg by reducing CO2 emissions.

By managing business travel needs and associated costs, and promoting sustainable alternatives through a travel plan, you will also demonstrate corporate social responsibility while improving staff engagement and retention.

Business benefits of a workplace travel plan

For your business a workplace travel plan can:

  • save money on the cost of providing and maintaining parking spaces
  • solve problems caused by demand for parking
  • cut mileage claims and other business travel costs
  • reduce staff downtime spent travelling on business
  • reduce the costs of running a fleet
  • solve delivery and customer access problems caused by traffic congestion on and around your site
  • improve your image with both customers, suppliers and neighbours
  • improve staff health and reduce absenteeism
  • help recruit and keep staff by making journeys to work easier and cheaper, and improving your image as a responsible employer
  • improve your corporate social responsibility reputation, including meeting environmental targets - see corporate social responsibility

Employee benefits of a workplace travel plan

For your staff a workplace travel plan can:

  • reduce the cost of travel to work, or even remove the need to own a car
  • reduce journey times to work
  • provide a better work-life balance through flexible working and less need to travel on business
  • provide benefits to a wider range of people by shifting from travel perks based on seniority to incentives for sustainable travel available to all staff, including those without a car
  • ensure parking for those with most need of a vehicle
  • help provide less stressful options for travel to work
  • give opportunities to build healthy exercise into daily life

Workplace travel plans can also contribute to a planning application for a new site or for new accommodation on your current site.