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Top 5 Ways To Use Down Time At Work

When you do have small gaps in business during the day? As a manager, those times are excellent opportunities to engage with your employees.

Here are 5 things you can do to motivate your staff:

  • Genuinely ask how they are: If they feel you care; they will care. By understanding what what is important to your employees, you can learn what motivates their work. There is a fine line between personal and TOO personal, but you as a manager CAN manage that. (Note: Ask to know enough, don’t ask to get involved.)
  • Buy them lunch: Don’t just give them lunch; sit with them, talk to them, listen to them. Lunch is supposed to be a fun time, though – so, make sure you don’t “cramp” their style in a way that makes anyone uncomfortable because you are there.  Be genuine. Even though yours is a manager/employee relationship, you’re co-workers. Remember that.
  • Give them a break: Make it a productive break from work. Say you’ll step in for 5 minutes. This gives employees on the frontline a break, so they won’t have to produce and/or interact with customers, but they’ll still be present to learn something new. It’s a perfect opportunity to role-model, and to gain insight into how you might improve operations.
  • Give them another break: A real break! Let an employee take a walk, get outside, breathe some fresh air, sit in the office and stare at the wall… whatever it is, it’s time to re-group, re-charge, and re-energize in a positive way.
  • Be ready: For those down times, you can be pro-active and have a list of small things that you NEED to review with your employees.  You may need to mention something important, train for an upcoming marketing campaign, or plant a seed of advice. Whatever it is, keep it positive.

When it comes down to it, all time should be productive, and down time spent re-charging is productive. It ultimately impacts overall productivity in a positive way. Stay positive, be a good leader of your team, and always strive to be better as a team.

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At JTI, wScreen Shot 2014-12-23 at 11.28.53 AMe try to follow this advice every day. Would you like to work here? Follow us on Facebook or Twitter to find out when we’re hiring, or check our website for openings.)

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Building Your Snow Plow Business

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Today: Building your Snow Plow Business

We see guys come in everyday during the long Cleveland winter looking cold, weary, and very overworked.

How can you make snow plowing both lucrative & non-stressful? In order of business development, start with number one and grow to number three. As a business owner, always have the point of view of making life easy and growing your business.

  1. Build a Team: Get two to three other guys in your truck. At each location you can rotate roles. Get a manual salt spreader and a shovel. Take turns for each location. Having other hands will also keep you company. Have someone in charge of tracking the locations. All you will have to do is drive the truck and do the large snow pushing; which we all know is the fun part. Don’t forget to assign each crew member their designated donut days.
  2. Take Charge of a Crew: Instead of you doing the driving and the plowing, build your accounts so that you can sit in your warm office and assign jobs to your crew of 1-2 trucks. Build slowly by focusing on sales, customer relations, and marketing. You will have to stop on customer sites once per day to check on your crew’s work and check in with customers as necessary.
  3. Build a Fleet:  Now you have 50-100 accounts, you have managed 1-2 trucks, it’s time to build your business. Expand to doing all of the sales and marketing for 4-6 trucks. You are now even paying someone else to do the job you were doing in #2. You are the CEO and you manage the manager who is managing the crew. Next steps would be to hire someone to do the sales and marketing, BUT, sometimes business owners stop here because they like to stay in touch with the business.

Business growth is up to you. You are more than capable of growing your business each year. This could represent a high level three year plan for you. As long as your point of view is always as the leader with a drive to grow you can achieve this. Have confidence that not everyone is taking the time to think like this so you have one leg up in the game.  Call us at JTI anytime for expert business growth advice; we are always available for that conversation. As you grow; we grow. We’ll be there for you anytime you have business growth questions.

Be safe snow plowing! Stay Warm!

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Got questioScreen Shot 2014-12-23 at 11.28.53 AMns? We know plows, hitches, spreaders…and how crazy the business can be. Call 440.232.4311 or stop in to talk to our experienced team. Time to add a plow to your fleet? We sell new and used. Check out our inventory online or in person.