Return to Office Strategy

Many employers are beginning to look at what it means to get back to the office. While much is still unknown around COVID-19 and the workplace strategies of tomorrow, Midtown Transportation is here to help you identify and navigate commute-related obstacles when planning your return to Midtown. 

Changes that are likely to affect your commute + workplace strategies 

  • Will parking demand change? Depending on your parking inventory and your strategies for returning to the office, employers may see changes to parking demand due to an influx of commuters opting to drive over other commute modes, increases in regular telework, etc. 

  • Will your employees have access to childcare? With many daycares still closed, summer camps canceled and school systems unsure about plans this fall, employers should take into consideration their employees’ access to childcare when developing strategies for bringing their workforce back to the office. 

  • Will your workforce return to transit? Transit providers in the Atlanta region have each modified operations on some level. From suspended routes and reduced frequencies to guidance that only essential workers should use MARTA rail, changes to transit service and a desire to avoid crowds might mean employees who previously depended on transit will be looking for alternatives. How will you support these employees getting to work safely and reliably?

  • Will you need to limit the number of people in the office to accommodate the latest recommendations for safe physical distancing? Many employers are considering ways to implement physical distancing in the office and considering ways to operate at partial capacity to ensure space to do so. Strategies may include staggered schedules and compressed work weeks.

  • What are the circumstances specific to your workforce? Everyone’s circumstances are different. Understanding the needs of your employees is critical in planning workplace strategies for business continuity. Some employees may be part of or live with someone who is part of an at-risk population for COVID-19, some may be transit dependent, some may not have access to childcare, etc. How is your office incorporating safety, caution and flexibility to respect the needs of all employees — including those who are immunocompromised or have other health risks?

Next Steps 

  • Understand your unique position. While resources for best practices seem to be popping up everywhere, understanding the unique circumstances of your workforce is critical in knowing which workplace and commute strategies will work best for your organization. Midtown Transportation offers an anonymous and customizable employee survey to help your organization identify workplace and commute strategies that best support employees and ensure productivity. 

  • Develop a custom commute program.  Schedule time to speak with one of our commute specialists to: 

    • Learn what comparable organizations are doing to prepare for changes in commute behavior such as decreased transit ridership, increased parking demand, staggered telework and in-office schedules, and more 
    • Start your survey efforts and receive a full summary and analysis, including recommended program and policy updates 

    • Receive help implementing and communicating critical program and policy changes 




Download our Commuting in Midtown During COVID-19 Guide