Sweco wins award with mobility policy and Olympus Mobility app
Fewer work journeys, more sustainable mobility and a greener fleet: these are the three main ingredients of consultancy and engineering firm Sweco’s innovative mobility policy. Their recent efforts started bearing fruit almost immediately. Employee satisfaction has increased and the company won gold in the link2fleet awards 2019. We asked the brand new Fleet Owner of the Year Vicky De Bollen, Director Finance, Facility & Legal at Sweco Belgium, exactly how she managed that.
Sweco Belgium has 9 offices and more than 1,300 employees. Mobility is therefore a complex matter. The good news is that the consultancy and engineering firm itself has many traffic and mobility experts in its ranks. “This means that you are basically obliged to draw up an innovative policy,” says Vicky De Bollen with a wink. “We are happy to assume this pioneering role and mobility has meanwhile become one of our strongest assets as an employer.”
Sustainable mobility in your pocket
“First and foremost, we are limiting the number of journeys by paying more attention to teleworking and Skype meetings, among other things. If a journey is unavoidable, there are several options. Sometimes the car is a logical choice, but sustainable means of transport also often provide a suitable solution. After all, our Sweco offices are located close to multimodal junctions and train stations. We opted for Mobility as a Service, or MaaS, to give employees an extra incentive. More concretely, it means that they literally have all the sustainable options in their pocket through a handy app. The flexibility is particularly appreciated. Do you have to be somewhere soon? While you are walking to the station, for example, you can buy the tickets you need for your route.”
“It’s important to know that the Olympus Mobility app does not replace the company car. On the contrary, our employees have it in addition to their car. That seems to be a good formula. Up to now, 219 colleagues have already signed up for the mobility app, and we receive new applications every week. Incidentally, there are no additional costs involved for us, because we recover the sustainable mobility fees with lower fuel expenses. From an administrative point of view time is also saved as Olympus Mobility’s clear invoicing and fully digital platform make manual work easier. That allows us to focus our attention on other tasks.”