Archive for April, 2016
Friday, April 29th, 2016
Any smart fleet manager knows that people are a company’s most valuable asset, yet few take time to invest in them. How can you go beyond meeting OSHA-mandated regulations to truly protect your people? Showing your people that you’re invested not only promotes efficiency, but it also encourages staff retention, and best of all, positively impacts your bottom line. Below, we’ll highlight a few guidelines for going above and beyond duty of care.
As the ambassadors of your brand, your drivers are the the first line of defense that your company has to protect its image. Fleet Safety Forum recommends a three-pronged approach to keeping your team in peak form. Before your begin, let your company know you’re engaging complete risk assessment. This lets your employees know you take their safety seriously. A fleet-wide initiative also increases the awareness that employee health is a priority for your company.
The first area to tackle is education. Driver training is the best way to save money and avoid accidents. The cost to educate your drivers is significantly lower than paying higher insurance premiums due to accidents. You’ll also save time that could be lost to employees recovering from road injuries. Next, assess the safety of your fleet vehicles themselves. Taking the time to inspect vans and trucks to be sure that they meet or exceed regulations is key to preventing problems and ensuring successful, profitable journeys.
Finally, take a good look at the routes your employees are driving. Is sensible shift scheduling the rule or the exception among your fleet? Fleet Safety discourages journeys between 2am and 6pm, when driver fatigue is at its peak. Make sure your employees know that they must stop to rest even when they are rushing to meet a deadline. The route itself may be contributing to fatigue if the driver must take congested routes. Weather conditions are also often overlooked, and can put drivers in danger.
Some companies have implemented safe driver competitions, in which employees are rewarded for healthier habits, like losing weight, quitting smoking, and keeping up with routine checkups. One of the best solutions for keeping your drivers healthy is a good night’s sleep. CLC Lodging can save you 20-40% on advertised rates, making it even easier to give your people the rest they need to get the job done right.
Thursday, April 7th, 2016
Every industry expert has a different solution for cutting costs. Some say the latest software is sure to bring your numbers up next quarter; others tout the benefits of continuing education. While each alternative has its merits, one element of cost cutting is true for virtually anything you implement: change is inevitable, and painful for some.
No matter how much money you invest in fancy technology and innovative initiatives, the old adage holds true: You can bring a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink. So how do you get your employees and every stakeholder in your company in-between to get on board with new cost-saving measures? The secret may lie in how you manage change.
Change management expert Kurt Lewin lays out the basic framework of managing change in three steps: Unfreeze-Change-Refreeze. During the unfreeze phase, it’s your job to educate your employees on why change is necessary. Managers and employees may be resistant at first. Managers will have to move away from comfort zones, and employees may resent the implication that they need to learn something new to continue doing their job. The next step, change, is the most difficult, as this is when team members will learn new skills, develop new values and attitudes, all while being unsure of the path ahead. The pay off happens in the third “refreeze” stage, where new behaviors become permanent.
During each phase of change, you can support the transition through communication and education. If you’re implementing a new reporting technology, make sure your employees know this is going to make their lives easier, rather than letting them feel like they’re being watched. Let your people know you’re investing in them, and you’ll see positive results.
CLC Lodging is here to help you manage reporting and make life easier for your employees.
With customizable reports and detailed billing, managing costs for better change management is simple.