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Setting a driver standard for your corporate Car service, Limousine service, Van service and Corporate transportation service.

Setting a driver standard for your corporate Car service, Limousine service, Van service and Corporate transportation service.

I’ll know the applicant when I see him!
Statements like this were fine just 50 years ago, but the process of hiring his changed more than a little. You must ensure that you get what you want, and only what you want, and only when you hire new employees.

The job description is essential for each and every position in your company.  It doesn’t have to be elaborate, but it should list the essential duties of the job. An essential duty is a job task that cannot be shared, given to someone else to do, or eliminated from the work. For example, a professional limousine chauffeur must ” get out of the car and opened the passenger door” or “carry client baggage up to 500 feet”. These essential duties and others should be listed in your driver job description.

Prior to hiring, job qualifications must be established. Obviously, the standard you set for your chauffeurs must relate to the chauffeurs job, as the standards will be the basis on which you eliminate poor chauffeur applicants so they must be fair and relate to the work. Avoid the irrelevant conditions as they are inappropriate at probably illegal.

Standards should itemize tasks that the driver must do. If you require a driver to lift and carry heavy baggage, you might set the standard such as must be able to lift carry load and unload a 75 pound suitcase without injury five or more times a day or shift. It might be helpful to state how far the driver is required to carry the bag.

It is also important that you establish safety standards. These might include the elimination of drivers under a certain age, as data show that younger drivers are more often involved in accidents: elimination of careless drivers, those with multiple violations under the driving record: and elimination of drivers with alcohol or drug related motor vehicle violations, as such drivers have demonstrated their inability to recognize risky driving behaviors.

Setting standards before you hire makes it easier for you to more fairly select candidates for employment. By measuring applicants against a predetermined standard, you eliminate bias and sure that the people you do hire will truly be the best available to you.