Winter road works compliance: 5 challenges and solutions

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Author: Jimmy Song, Sales Operations and Training Manager, ZenduIT

You own a landscaping business which does well during the spring and summer. Then, as soon as the seasons change, your work slows down. What do you do? Many landscaping businesses decide to diversify by expanding their services to include winter road works. Here are some of the benefits and challenges that come with taking this step.

Benefits of winter road works for landscaping fleets:

  • Increase revenue — Adding winter months into your business can increase revenue.
  • Retain employees — Taking the winter off means letting your employees move on. Depending on what opportunities they find in the interim, not all of them will be returning in the spring/summer. By hiring them for multiple seasons, there will be a higher chance of retaining your employees.
  • Build client list — Businesses prefer working with a single vendor when possible. By becoming a one-stop provider of winter road work and spring and summer landscaping, you can easily expand your clientele.

Nuances of winter road works compliance

Winter operations can be challenging for new businesses. If a company does not understand or prepare for the level of compliance required for winter work, it can only make matters worse. Being caught unprepared in this area can disappoint customers and lead to a number of other problems.

Here are five common issues that arise when managing winter road compliance and ways to solve them:

Challenge 1: Managing busy shifts

Nature is rarely accommodating. Snow and ice can appear overnight, causing dramatic shifts in workloads. Being able to manage your employees under changing or surprising weather conditions is an important part of running winter operations.

Solution: Operation managers are responsible for tracking their organization’s workload, so stay organized! Many companies use spreadsheets or software to track serviced and unserviced areas and efficiently dispatch employees. Organization is key because it allows a business to fulfill service obligations in an efficient manner.

Challange 2: Hitting contract targets

Most municipalities have specific standards for winter maintenance and reflect those standards in service level agreements. For example, the City of Ottawa in Canada 

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