Talking to Your Employees About Business Driving Efficiencies
Sometimes, the most crucial aspect of improving profits for your company lies in a single simple task: talking to your employees. As one of the most potentially expensive aspects of a company, business driving is often a topic worth going over with your employees – even those you might not think are immediately associated with business driving – if you want to optimize efficiency.
Not sure where to start? Even those familiar with the ideas behind efficient business driving can find it difficult to convey the importance of these ideas to the workers whose implementation most matters. Fortunately, this guide is here to help, with four key points for talking to your employees about business driving efficiencies.
1. Sharing goals
As with any business goal requiring changes from staff, it’s important to convey those goals clearly and concisely to the workers charged with implementing the associated changes. If you ask your drivers to learn a new logging method, or locate more economical routes, but don’t explain the benefits and superior outcomes they’ll see by doing so, you’ll see poor compliance rates.
In a way, your first task with any change is figuring out how to ‘market’ it to your own staff. What benefits will they see? What problems will the change solve for them? Improving business driving efficiency helps in a number of areas, so figure out where specifically these workers will see benefits and lay them out clearly.
Incentives are, of course, another key tool in the box when talking to your employees about efficient driving practices. By tying bonuses, extra vacation time, special privileges, and other incentives to successful implementation of more efficient driving practices, you don’t just gain the raw benefit of incentives, but help those practices stick in the minds of those who have to recall and utilize them.
Don’t fall into the traditional pitfalls of incentive systems; whatever behavior is best optimized for the metric you’re tracking for the incentive is the behavior you will see, whether it’s ideal for the company or not. Carefully figure out in advance which metrics you need to see improve, and how you need them to improve, then shape your incentives accordingly.
3. Targeting Leaders
If you know who makes waves in your employee pool, or which respected team members other drivers will take their lead from, targeting them to convince in a more controlled setting can be far superior to speaking with all of your employees at once. Sitting down a few intelligent, effective, efficient drivers and teaching them new methods will work wonders – assuming those methods hold merit. Those leaders will in turn propagate the new methods through the other drivers.
If you have particularly competent leaders in your employee pool, speaking with them about driving efficiencies in this way may turn up further improvements to be had across the company and in implementation – don’t hesitate to take advice from the men and women ‘in the field’.
4. Making Compliance Easy
Perhaps the best thing to do when talking to your employees about business driving efficiency is to stress the ways complying with the changes you’re suggesting will be easy. The more complex, different, and difficult the new methods are compared to the old, the worse compliance will be – and perception matters more than reality. Make the case for compliance being simple, and make it well.