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Workplace mobility becoming key issue for Hungarian companies

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As the hybrid remote working model is likely to remain prevalent in the long run, workplace mobility is becoming an increasingly important consideration, according to an online survey conducted in September by Share Now and HR Fest.

The surveyed business and HR leaders expect to see a rise in new-generation mobility solutions and increased support for them. This is conducive to the spread of carsharing, which can be easily integrated into company cafeteria schemes and is exempt from personal income tax.

The most common is the corporate support for employee usage of public transport (BKK, MÁV, Volán) (58% of the 150 Hungarian companies and HR managers who responded to the survey said this was a typical feature), followed by the promotion of the use of own cars (55%), then dedicated and keyed company cars (54% and 41%).

"The corporate penetration of micro-mobility or shared mobility devices in our country is still significantly lower than that of traditional ones," said Bence Buday, managing director of Share Now. "Car-sharing is available by 27% of the companies that responded to the survey, while scooter or moped commuting only by 8% of them. "Those companies that are already using carsharing are extremely satisfied with it, at 95%."

Buday added that business decision-makers who were also asked about trends for the coming years clearly said they expect the greatest growth to come from the use of micro-mobility devices. Some 73% of them expect this to grow, while 53% expect a further increase in carsharing usage.

This dynamic is explained by the fact that 70% of respondents believe that the hybrid working model will remain the new norm: they expect that in two years' time, workers will still be spending at least two days a week in a home office, which suggests growing importance and corporate support for workplace mobility.

The survey shows that a noticeable group of companies is already actively using carsharing: a quarter of respondents. A further 57% said they could see carsharing becoming a mobility solution for business or employee needs in the near future, even if they had not yet used it. The most common current business uses are business meetings (67%), commuting (63%) and employee benefits (52%).

"Both occasional and regular use of carsharing can be an attractive and cost-effective solution for most employers, as carsharing can be easily integrated into the company's cafeteria system and can be provided free of personal income tax with a single cost multiplier," said Buday.

Cost-effectiveness is also one of the most advantageous features of the service, with 48% of survey respondents saying it was important, surpassed only by flexibility (53%).

The 7/24 availability of cars is also important, as well as the fact that the service fee includes all the costs incurred, so that it does not generate a fixed cost for the company, instead they only have to pay for the actual usage.

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