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Show Employees You Care – Without Affecting Your Bottom Line
YARDLEY, Pa., May 17, 2016 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — After engagement, retention is the top talent management concern in today’s global economy, according to the Human Capital Institute. That’s why companies like Moby Lube – an on-site, mobile oil changing business – are growing and thriving in today’s economic climate.
Moby Lube offers a unique benefit for employee cars and trucks that costs companies nothing, but saves employees time and hassle.
Kellie Zollers, vice president, human resources, Toll Brothers, Inc., says, “Offering our employees a ‘convenience benefit’ like Moby Lube, which keeps them happy and productive, was a no-brainer. The Moby Lube system is surprisingly easy to implement. I simply announced a date to all of our employees, and Moby Lube did the rest.”
“It’s really a win-win,” Rick Lyons, director of operations for Moby Lube, says. “A convenience benefit is a great way to show employees you care, without affecting your bottom line.”
And Moby Lube is able handle more than just oil changes. It offers preventive maintenance too. For example, while a Moby Lube technician was servicing a group at a corporate business park, the technician noticed a woman’s brakes were in need of repair. The next month when Moby Lube returned, this same woman also scheduled a brake replacement. She never had to leave her desk. She was happy and so was her employer.
So, while perks such as movie tickets and flexible hours are nice, this mobile oil changing service is a benefit that really saves people time – something that no one ever seems to have enough of these days – and money. How? When multiple employees sign up, Moby Lube offers discounted prices.
About Moby Lube:
Founded in 2010, Moby Lube is fully licensed and insured. It services offices and company parking lots, plus fleets of vehicles such as large diesels and construction equipment. It is currently expanding services in Bucks County and Montgomery County, Pa., as well as Central and Southern New Jersey.
Rick Lyons of Moby Lube
215-946-1002 x 3
30 Low Cost ideas for Small businesses to use to compete for talent without breaking the bank.
Small businesses can compete for talent without breaking the bank. Yes, you still need to pay competitive wages to get people in the door, but it’s the perks that will help you retain them. Here are 30 low-cost ideas for small businesses who want to show employees that they are highly valued.
1. Flex time.
2. Innovation days.
3. Monthly commuter benefits
4. Fully stocked kitchen.
5. Wellness benefits
6. Free lunch.
7. Canine colleagues.
8. Parental leave.
9. No dress code.
10. Summer hours.
11. Free chair massages.
12. Optional telecommuting.
13. Tech neutrality.
14. Flexibility in paid time off.
15. A culture of work/life balance.
16. Perks for part-time employees.
17. Cultural extras.
19. Laundry service.
20. Car care. Who has time to take their car in for an oil change? Companies have arranged for a service to come to the office and take care of this messy task while employees are working.
21. Gift matching.
22. Adoption assistance.
23. Take-out meals.
24. Employee referral programs.
25. Green initiatives.
26. Paid time off to volunteer.
27. Cleaning services.
28. Tuition forgiveness.
29. Easier dinnertimes.
30. Acknowledgment of significant others.
Incorporating perks like these into your organization will help you attract top talent, increase employee satisfaction, and reduce costly employee turnover, which in the end is far more profitable than scaling back on your benefit expenses to save a few bucks.
The Benefit of Benefits
By Rick Lyons Director of Operations, Moby Lube
Providing employees with options and perks can pay firms back in spades with employee morale, dedication and retention. So, what helps companies stand out from the rest when it comes to attracting top talent to their doors?
Creative company perks
In 2015, Philadelphia magazine put together a list of “Philly’s Coolest Companies.” During the selection process, they found plenty of companies touting pretty impressive perks. Here’s just a small sampling from their top 20:
AmerisourceBergen, a healthcare solutions company
This company reports having very happy employees. In part, their smiling faces could be attributed to perks like tuition reimbursement, dry cleaning, fitness classes and car-wash services. They also get monthly “kaffeeklatsches” (coffee clutches) with the CEO.
Franklin Square Capital Partners, an investment firm
Housed in a building surrounded by green space, employees have access to full-time trainers, a nutritionist, car detailing and more.
RevZilla, an e-commerce company
This company rewards its employees with free lunches, yoga sessions, and beer meetings.
And top 20 firms are not the only ones working to keep their employees happy. Companies such as Toll Brothers, Inc., based in Horesham, PA, has recently started offering its employees a “convenience” benefit. What exactly is a convenience benefit? It’s pretty much what it sounds like. It’s a benefit that is provided to employees to save them time and hassle, yet costs the company nothing. In this case, the perk is an on-site oil change performed by Moby Lube, a mobile oil changing business that also performs preventive maintenance jobs on cars and trucks.
“Offering our employees a ‘convenience benefit’ like Moby Lube, which keeps them happy and productive, was a no-brainer. The Moby Lube system is surprisingly easy to implement. I simply announce a date to all of our employees, and Moby Lube does the rest,” Kellie Zollers, vice president, human resources, Toll Brothers, Inc. says.
Liisa Andreassen, director of client relations for Moby Lube, says that this type of benefit is a great way to show employees that you care without breaking the bank.
“It’s a benefit that gives employees the gift of time – something that we all need more of,” she says. “Instead of taking up a lunch hour or coming in to work late, employees can work while their car is serviced and then have more leisure time to enjoy for themselves.”
Perks help employees bond too
While providing employees with benefits that speak to their individual wants and needs is key, there are benefits that can bring people together too.
Brandmaker News, a small business resource for urban entrepreneurs, offers a host of cool perk ideas that build relationships too. They include:
• Team building adventures. These can be opportunities for fun as well as learning experiences. For example, if you are near water, plan a sail boat race with your whole head office crew. During the event, participants can learn how to read the instruments, learn about some basic nautical terms, and learn how to work and communicate better as a team in a high-paced, pressurized and outdoor fun environment.
• Extended lunch breaks. Extended lunches give people more time to take in fresh air in nearby parks, eat ice cream, and enjoy themselves outside the concrete walls. This can be vital for all business teams regardless of size and location. It boosts productivity, stamina, and makes people open up, which helps to create a strong, friendly team that is ready for hard work and creative ideas.
• Getting dirty. Many people try their hand at gardening during the summer months. Encourage employees to share the fruits of the labor and have a little trade. If you are lucky enough to have outdoor office space of your own, start an employee garden for fresh produce and herbs. It doesn’t take much. Think about how cool a living wall along the edge of your parking lot could be – attractive and eye catching too.
• Sharing experiences. Encourage staff to explore a new restaurant or outdoor activity every week and then share the experience in a company newsletter or on the intranet. This is another great way to promote staff interaction and idea sharing.
Just do it
The Human Capital Institute, the global association for strategic talent management, reports that after engagement, retention is the top talent management concern in today’s global economy. So why not think outside the box when it comes to making your employees happy? The investment may be small, but the pay-off could be big.
Is your fleet a good candidate for mobile maintenance?
Maintenance completed on-site may be a viable option for some fleets
Performing preventive maintenance on a vehicle can take a few hours – time that a driver could
be out on the road, attending to sales or service calls for your company.
What’s the alternative? For some fleets, it might be mobile maintenance, where routine
maintenance and minor repairs are completed on-site in a parking lot or garage. On the surface,
this idea sounds like a luxury – after all, the cost may be higher than the service obtained at a
“brick-and-mortar” maintenance location. However, we find that some successful fleets opt for
this kind of service for a number of reasons:
- Flexibility of having service performed after hours, during company meetings or overnight
- Positive impact on vehicle/driver productivity
- Being able to service specialty vehicles that may be tough to service at a traditional facility
Which fleets should consider mobile maintenance?
Let’s look at characteristics of fleets that see most value in services provided by mobile
1. Centrally-located fleets
Fleets with a large number of drivers parking their vehicles in a single location, such as the
company parking lot overnight, the office during the work day or job site working on a project,
may benefit from mobile maintenance service providers. If a mobile maintenance technician can
service a large number of vehicles in a single trip, it lowers the cost of each transaction and could
make sense for the fleet budget when productivity benefits are factored in.
2. Pool vehicles
If a company operates a pool of vehicles, these often remain at a single location during the day or
overnight, making it easy for a mobile maintenance provider to service them during off-hours.
In addition, vehicles without a regular driver may suffer from neglect in terms of preventive
maintenance, as the various drivers may not take ownership of the vehicle’s maintenance needs
or PM schedule.
3. Value of productivity and convenience
Organizations that place a high value on the productivity of their drivers are focused on
eliminating activities that do not add value to their schedules. Having preventive maintenance
completed on-site may outweigh the premium paid for such a service, as it allows for greater
driver/employee productivity. It would be important to perform a cost-benefit analysis to better
understand the value of a mobile maintenance solution.
4. Specialty vehicles
Oversized vehicles with elaborate equipment may be difficult to service at traditional
maintenance facilities. These vehicles travel extended distances to complete maintenance at the
increased cost of driver productivity and fuel. Mobile maintenance providers may offer an
attractive alternative in certain locations for businesses facing these challenges.
5. PM compliance
Finally, when drivers postpone or fail to perform preventive maintenance on their vehicles, it
increases the total cost of ownership due to unexpected and/or unscheduled maintenance events,
more wear and tear on the vehicle, violation of warranties and lower residual values. If preventive
maintenance compliance is an issue, it may be worthwhile to consider simplifying the process for
drivers by offering a mobile maintenance solution at central locations.
Article courtesy of Element Fleet Mgmt
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