In the world of business, we’re going through a very interesting transition. 50 years ago, you could go to work for a company and, you had to be competent. The thing is, you could go decades without the business changing too much. That meant many employees wouldn’t need to learn too many new skills. But in the last few decades, there has been a giant leap forwards not just in the technology used by businesses, but in the need for employees to adjust to a changing environment. In the world of fleet management services, we’re part of that change, but we want the change to be positive.
However, we know that change can sometimes be partnered with uncertainty. Most people have an understanding of GPS systems, but there can be a degree of uncertainty when it comes to introducing new technology into the inner workings of a company. It’s completely understandable, which is why a smart management team embraces the change with positivity. Yesterday, we shared a few tips for helping your employees smoothly transition into utilizing GPS with the fleet, and today we’d like to share a few more.
- The majority of your drivers will intuitively understand that fleet safety matters, and that management wants to make their job safer. An unsafe driver doesn’t just run the risk of harming themselves, someone else, or damaging a vehicle. Their actions can also drive up insurance premiums, which can cost the company more and reduce the amount of available funds that could be used for incentives or raises. Safe driving isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s also the economically sensible thing to do.
- One of the best ways to reduce employee anxiety over change is to give them some degree of control. Don’t just make an announcement early about the shift to GPS. Ask for their suggestions and be willing to make adjustments to your implementation plan. You might have good ideas, but the people who will use the tech for multiple hours on a daily basis have a unique insight. Don’t forget to use it.
- Speaking of announcements, there’s no need to hide the fact that making a shift to a GPS system is good for the company. There will be benefits, such as decreased costs and increased profits. Be up front about those facts. You can also mention that a company that’s more profitable will also have more growth opportunities and more long-term stability.
- Your staff is comprised of individuals, and not everyone will be happy about this change. While reliable drivers won’t have anything to worry about if their performance is closely scrutinized, those with performance issues won’t be too thrilled. That’s okay, and a smart move is to give them the opportunity to change. Be specific on how staff can improve. This gives drivers that underperform a clear path for improvement, and it let’s your reliable employees know that they won’t have to work harder to compensate for others.
- Finally, be positive. We know that your job is to look at the big picture. But try to see the change from the perspective of your staff. If you can emphasize that this change will make their work day easier and illustrate the long term benefits, you’ll find that most people will ultimately become enthusiastic.