Larger Crews Don’t Always Improve Quality

by Marge Lang 25. February 2014 08:37

The biggest myth in snow and ice management is that larger crews mean better quality.  It was born from the fallacy that it takes more time to do a job properly, and that speed is a detriment to quality.  It simply isn’t true.  Quality is the result of trained people operating the correct equipment according to set procedures.  In large crews where accountability is minimal, quality is often sacrificed.

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Post-Season Plow Maintenance Tips

by Marge Lang 18. February 2014 08:22

From sub-zero temperatures to nasty snow storms, it’s been difficult for much of the country – and especially those in the snow and ice management industry - to keep up with Old Man Winter this season.

With so much attention being paid to keeping your plow and vehicle on the road right now, it’s important to remember that eventually that last snowflake is going to fly, the temperatures will warm up, and you will be able to store your plow.

Like you do during the plowing season, you can and should take steps during the post-season to ensure your plow and vehicle operate to the best of their potential for many years to come. 

Cleaning Cycle. Post-season maintenance is essential to keeping your plow in peak working condition.

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Plowing in High Winds- Why This is the Worst Factor to Fight

by Pete Robison 11. February 2014 09:17

The snow stopped. You should be able to get in your plow and clear the roads easily, right? 

Not necessarily. High winds and drifting snow can sometimes make the task a challenge.

 

“Snow Drifts” by amandabanana87 CC BY 2.0

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Managing Front Line Workers is Essential to Your Bottom Line

by Marge Lang 4. February 2014 10:40

Effective management of front line employees can help your snow and ice management business thrive.Managing people in the snow and ice management industry, whether on-site or in multiple locations, is a complex issue.  In most organizations people are hard working, but productivity increase announcements are often perceived as a demand for front line workers (specifically those in sidewalk snow removal) to try harder.  This isn’t necessarily true – usually it’s about working more effectively and being accountable for the results. 

 

People are by nature territorial.  They tend to accept more responsibility and be more accountable when their territory is well defined.  Sometimes it’s difficult for workers to fully grasp the scope of their territory or responsibility because in our industry the areas are so large and/or spread out.  It’s hard for management to keep track of individual performances if workers don’t know the outline of their territories.

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