12 October 2018 - From the desk of

PUBLISHED ON 12/10/2018
12 October 2018 - From the desk of

Last week I visited Transdev Paris and München (Germany). I spent a full week with colleagues from 13 different countries from across the world. The days were long, often starting at 7am and working through to 10pm, but well worthwhile. One of the major topics we discussed was the future of Transdev. Transdev believes that we can empower peoples’ freedom to move every day. Good public transport supports socio-economic mobility and connects communities. It gives people the opportunity to go to work, have a career, go to school and meet family and friends. It has a great purpose and is a challenging task!

As part of the programme I visited the Autonomous Vehicle lab (AV-lab) in Rouen (France). It is a collaboration between Transdev, the French Government, car maker Renault, and the local University. The current thinking is that AVs will replace taxis completely and significantly reduce the use of personal cars. The question that follows is what does that mean for us? The answer is that Transdev has to prove it can be the global integrator of public transport solutions. An autonomous vehicle is just a car, but we can add value by finding ways that make car use much more efficient. For example, by using AVs for the first mile/ last mile solution to support multiple users or to help mobility customers to get around town. All interesting developments, and I am keen to learn more as I have no doubts that AVs are the future.

I am excited to announce that we are about to start trials for flexible working arrangements. We will organise workshops to explain what it means, and how it could work. The aim is to increase engagement and improve performance. People with an IEA can start discussions with their manager almost immediately after the workshops next week. If you are part of the collective agreement, it will depend on our negotiations with the Union. We are thinking of introducing part-time work, phased retirement and a focus on the structured approach to shift swaps.

Nominations for the Transdev Australasian Golden Star Awards close 31 October.  I have seen some fantastic nominations come through. Our very own monthly All Star winners have been automatically entered. It’s not too late to recognise your colleagues for going above and beyond in their role. All Star winners get a $250 Prezzy card, a lunch at Harbourside restaurant and the chance to win a $1000 travel voucher, and attend the Golden Stars award ceremony in Melbourne.

Finally, I would like to draw your attention to the Zero Harm mental health campaign. This year’s theme is ‘Let nature in, strengthen your wellbeing’. Our Zero Harm team is running a campaign to encourage staff to talk about mental health with their colleagues. I believe it is important to look after your physical and mental health, please visit the mental health.org.nz for more information.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Michel Ladrak

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