Encouraging Your Employees to Drive Safely
If you own a fleet you will know the struggle of trying to monitor the progress of a dozen or so employees at the same time. Of course, whether you are dealing with five employees or fifty will depend on the size of your company, but safety will be a top priority regardless. Unfortunately, making sure everyone focuses on safety as well as deadlines and other procedures can be a challenge. To help, here are three tips to help you tackle speeding trucks, dangerous distractions or any employee safety training issues.
As a business owner you may argue that time is against you however, it is essential that you introduce seminar-like sessions for your employees, especially if you suspect they are putting themselves and others at risk on the road. A simple seminar or two could be enough to get through to your drivers and it can be as generic or as specific as you like. For example, you may decide that speeding has become a big issue for your drivers, so discussing the issue and the dangers of speeding can really help put things in perspective and put an end to bad practices. If you can, it may be a good idea to research a few facts and figures to back up your points. You could also try introducing the discussion topics with the shock factor because often, people do not realise how much danger they put themselves and other in.
If you are struggling to organise a seminar that everyone can come to, it may be worth trying out a weekly meeting. Weekly meetings not only help to improve relationships within the team and between workers and yourself, but they also provide you with a chance to address any issues and praise members of the team who have performed well. This can help motivate workers and boost their confidence in their abilities. It may also help them to feel like part of a team, giving you a chance to encourage employees to work together and achieve a common goal.
Making accusations or suspecting there is an issue with drivers timing and route planning is not something you should do without proof and diplomacy. Enforcing consequences without properly identifying the problem will only serve to cause friction in a team. Instead, using fleet tracking will allow you as the manager to monitor the fleets current progress and targets in terms of average speed, routes and driver anomalies. These anomalies may include unauthorised breaks and other such problems which can be identified by driver patterns. Fleet tracking also gives you the data and evidence you need should you decide to address any concerns. The information will provide clear examples and everything required to help you advise and guide your employees moving forward. If you are interested in investing in a fleet tracking system for your business, we can help. Here at Phantom we specialise in van and HGV tracking systems, offering high-quality devices and expert advice when you need it. You can enquire about a fleet tracking system or find out more about what it can do for you and your business by getting in touch today. Our friendly customer service team will work with you to deal with your enquiry quickly and efficiently. We look forward to hearing from you!