Les says operators first thought the GPS was going to be a tool to fire them. “But as I explained to them many times it is a multi-purpose tool to help us keep track of where the vehicle is at night. It helps in case the vehicle is stolen, which thankfully has never happened, and it can help us figure out if a driver on a particular area is going the most direct route from one center to another center. We can show a driver on a map that another route is shorter. It’s a good training tool,” he says.
Les says that in its original package the GPS plan had a door censor, which Armstrong wasn’t interested in, so he asked if they could move the censor to the ignition switch on the sweeping unit so they could tell when the sweeper is running and they were able to do that.
“That’s been especially useful for the gas excise tax refund,” Diane says. “It helps track usage of rear engine on the truck.”
Employee Leasing: “One of the best things we’ve done”
Another step Stripe-N-Sweep took to improve and ease overall management, keep costs down, and improve cash flow was turning to employee leasing, which Diane says the contractor learned about at a National Pavement Expo show.
“Employee leasing is truly one of the best things we’ve done for our business over the years,” Diane says. “That gave us a way to get us out from under some of the work and helped put us on the path we’re on.”
She says the company contracted with its first employee leasing firm in the early 1990s and the current firm, Employers Resource, has helped in numerous areas, including workers’ comp insurance.
“Before we hired Employers Resource the company had very high workers compensation premiums that rose significantly each year. But once we went with Employers Resource it really dropped the rate we were paying for workers comp,” she says. “Now we write one check a month and that’s it, they handle everything else.”
She says the employee leasing company also has a Human Resources department so many HR questions are often referred to them or at least the department can offer guidance.
“It’s very, very helpful and I’d highly recommend it for a small business of any kind,” Diane says.