Implementing an effective fleet management solution in fleet vehicles can turn an entire business around. The right system can identify which employees drive recklessly, waste gas, and speed, in addition to providing a wealth of other helpful information. Some employees take longer to embrace the benefits of a fleet telematics system, but it’s essential to get employees on board with team leaders and set a company-wide standard. Effectual telematics is only one part of the equation, responsive employees are the other. One of the best ways to help employees adjust to a new system is to incentivize it. Use the information to set goals (fewest idling hours, best gas mileage, etc) and establish incentives for employees who meet those goals.
Employee of the Month
If the company doesn’t already have an employee of the month program in place it’s time to start. Make it clear to employees how the EotM is selected (maybe it’s the employee with the best overall driving score according to specific driving statistics) and be clear on what benefits the EotM will receive. Depending on what the company is capable of providing, this could be anything from coming in a little late or leaving a little early, a free lunch, movie passes, or having his or her favorite beverage stocked in the fridge.
Include extra vacation time in the employee rewards program. Set more specific standards, like top 20 percent with best mileage or anyone who meets an overall idling maximum, and employees who qualify will be entered to win extra vacation time. How much extra vacation time and how often the raffles are (every month, three months, 6 months, etc.) are discretionary.
While healthy competition can go a long way to improve performance, create goals for the whole team to meet. When the team meets those goals, whatever they are, they are collectively rewarded. Different goals can have different rewards, depending on how challenging they are to meet. Some team reward ideas include an in-office pizza party, a pub and grub night after work, steakhouse gift cards, a week of catered lunch, etc.
Great employees drive (no pun intended) the business. Showing appreciation for their hard work will go a long way into building a stronger team and better business.