Let’s just admit it, okay? The holidays are stressful. Period. There’s the pressure to shop, the increased expenses, and the crowded stores—not to mention the crazy crowded parking lots! Calendars fill up with kids’ school functions, grownups’ social functions, and extra church or synagogue activities.
When you’re a fleet manager, you get even more additional stress during this busy time of year. It’s just the nature of the job. You’ll probably have drivers wanting extra time off (or particular days off). On the other hand, you’ll probably have drivers with additional routes to cover making you short staffed. Supplies are typically low in supply yet high in demand at this time of year. And to add to all of the fun, all of your drivers are probably extra stressed due to holiday pressures too!
What’s a fleet manager to do? Take a deep breath. No, seriously, take a deep breath. Take a long, slow breath in, and let it out just as slowly.
Now, let’s talk stress…
Tips for less stress during the holidays
The first step we have to take when managing this stress is to simply accept that the holiday season is going to happen whether we like it or not. Even if we take the path of Ebenezer Scrooge in his mean days and avoid all festivities, the season will take a toll on us. So, we accept that there’s nothing we can do about that. (This would be another good time to take a deep breath…in….out…good job!)
But we’re not at the mercy of this hectic hubbub. We can take steps to manage it better and decrease its effect on us. So let’s go over some easy ways to decrease your fleet-manager stress level during the course of these few weeks. Don’t worry; we’re not suggesting meditation or yoga. These are just some commonsense ways you can take simple steps to manage stress better during the holidays.
Of course, there’s one more stress reducer we can’t help but mention as a fleet cleaning company: Outsource your fleet cleaning. Take that task off of your list by hiring a reputable and reliable fleet washing company like Fleet Clean, and you’ll free up your calendar and your task list for many more important things…like that holiday party you’re supposed to attend that you totally forgot about.
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