In a previous post, we discussed how much employee tardiness cost companies. For a company with 1,000 employees and average wages, if every employee is late an average of 1 minute a day due to looking for parking, over a year that will cost the company $290,946 per average minute of tardiness. If a company has multiple garages and parking takes many minutes a day, that cost will escalate rapidly.

 We also discussed how companies who try to solve this problem by penalizing their employees suffer significant losses in turnover and employee retention. “They’re hourly employees/they’re responsible for being in the door on time” ends up being an extremely expensive attitude to have.

 But some companies are looking at a smarter approach: Gamification. Gamification is creating systems that mimic the features of modern games to encourage user participation and engagement. Using smart parking, companies can track when each employee arrives in the parking lot at a certain time. With an app, a leaderboard on who has arrived on time can be created. Employees who arrive on time every day for a week can earn extra points. Double points for carpools who arrive on time is another option.

 What do all these points add up to: Well, for some employees, just earning points is enough. It gives them bragging rights in the break room. Another potential benefit that can be given out is dedicated parking spaces to the previous month’s highest scorers. (A benefit related to parking is preferable so employees who don’t arrive at work in a car don’t feel like they are missing out).

 Fun employee programs like this, that use smart parking like Streetline’s solutions to create a new perk or opportunity rather than punish employees who had trouble finding a parking space, is a way to both maximize employee productivity and employee retention.