New challenges in the world of work: remote and face-to-face?
Up to 60% of trips in Indian cities are for work reasons. Each year, we lose an average of 15 days on these routes.
The transport sector is responsible for, on average, 60% of greenhouse gas emissions in the country’s cities. Such expressive numbers indicate that urban mobility cannot be the responsibility of governments alone: the contribution of the corporate sector is crucial for more sustainable transport.
Although companies do not determine how people travel to work, their transportation benefits influence modal choice. The implementation of actions that favor, for example, carpooling, and collective and active transport (walking and cycling) makes the organization assume its social responsibility for sustainable mobility and also benefits the quality of life of its employees.
Remote or in person
It is still questioned whether it is worth resuming corporate travel, as we have adapted so well to media and virtual meetings, such as Zoom, for example. After all, traveling involves costs, time, and risks, while a virtual call is much cheaper and more practical.
The main question for a company is to evaluate how much return each of these strategies brings. While, in a simplistic analysis, the virtual call can be less expensive, a business trip can bring more benefits such as new business contacts, increased productivity of the traveling employee, closer relationships with business partners, etc.
On the other hand, we have the so-called “zoom fatigue”, a current problem that has affected thousands of collaborators around the world. After all, how can an employee be productive if he is mentally tired?
The mobility of the future: how did we get there?
Mobility as we knew it before the pandemic no longer exists. It is necessary to recognize the profound transformations that this process has caused, both in our society and in the way we travel.
For me, more and more, a true “mobility of the future” must prioritize people and consider services, products, and technology capable of improving daily experiences, to modernize the sector and, consequently, public and private transport.
To meet the challenges of corporate urban mobility, we need to see technology as the key to ensuring an excellent travel experience.
But, in addition to it, I highlight other points that I see as essential, still in 2022:
- Putting urban planning on the agenda
- Ensuring real-time information for users
- Technology to integrate different modes
- Popularization of digital payment
- Greater cooperation between government and the private sector
The future of mobility arrived much sooner than we thought. The good news is that we are more than ready to welcome these changes.
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