The science of management has been around since the late 1800s when researchers conducted some of the first experiments in efficiency. The classic time-and-motion studies used crude film cameras in the first part of the following century to develop better ways for factory workers to complete their tasks. In the 2020s, the quest continues to find better, more effective ways to manage companies, processes, and employees.
How do today’s managers get the most out of each day’s finite number of hours and minutes? Luckily, they have the advantage of decades of trial-and-error studies and tests. In the transport industry, advanced telematics systems have catapulted managerial efficiency to new heights. Other fresh ideas and tactics include scheduling apps, camera-enhanced supervision, and many more. The following represent some of the best of the latest techniques and technology that assist managers who want to operate as efficiently as possible.
Telematics for Transport Truck Fleets
For managers who oversee government vehicle fleets in California, it’s imperative to understand the entire realm of regulations pertaining to smog check requirements and clean air standards in general. Like a few other states, California requires smog checks for both commercial and private trucks, cars, and vans. Fortunately, supervisors can benefit from telematics systems to reduce the amount of downtime for all the vehicles in their fleets during smog checks. Even a small amount of time saved can translate to huge savings for larger fleets.
In an effort to improve business operations leaders have been strategically delegating their duties at least since the era of Roman Emperors, when members of the famed senate-maintained teams of assistants who handled various categories of assignments, like budgeting, law enforcement, and scheduling. In modern corporations, it’s assumed that everyone with managerial responsibilities will do at least some delegating. Today, there are fresh approaches to the strategy in which managerial operatives relinquish entire chunks of their responsibilities to underlings. One of the latest twists on delegating tactics is the team approach, in which a supervisor only delegates specific tasks to pairs of workers, who in turn operate as a full-fledged team for that particular duty.
Today’s highly sophisticated apps that assist with scheduling are changing the way businesses operate. Most of the better offerings in this area are free and can fully integrate with more comprehensive digital planners and computer programs that oversee entire corporate scheduling chores. Most of the new generation of apps come with the built-in ability to construct efficient work plans based on your particular job responsibilities and whatever other parameters you wish to include.
Daily Starter Meetings
Daily starter meetings began to catch on in the tech industry about 10 years ago. The regular online chats include all relevant team members for a given assignment and area overseen by the appropriate management director. The goal is to give everyone a chance to speak for a minute or less in order to highlight the coming day’s most critical tasks and challenges. As a substitute for longer staff meetings, starters are an ideal way to hit multiple topics in a short period of time and set everyone off on the same path.