Driver Hire is a well-established and very successful franchised recruitment business supplying temporary staff into a niche market.
Their success has traditionally been based upon a proven business formula incorporating robust systems and procedures underpinned by ISO9000 accreditation.
However a business system is only as good as the people that operate it and Driver Hire recognised that, in an increasingly competitive and demanding environment, they needed to pay more attention to the recruitment, retention and development of key staff i.e. those involved in front-line sales and recruitment in our 105 branch offices across the UK.
In a "people" oriented business like Driver Hire the successful recruitment of a top performer can easily make the difference between moderate and outstanding results within an individual branch. Equally, the loss of a top performer can lead to a rapid decline in branch performance from which it can take some time to recover.
This process would have to begin with educating and informing their franchisee network in order to gain their commitment to improving the way that key staff are recruited, motivated and rewarded. The starting point for this would be one of their twice-yearly conferences.
Innergy worked with the Driver Hire Management team to develop a Conference theme and programme designed to raise awareness of recruitment and retention issues. To achieve this, Innergy's process was to:
The conference was highly interactive and delegates were encouraged to participate via a combination of informal and set-piece sessions led by Innergy.
This firstly involved highlighting the financial implications of making a poor versus a good recruitment decision, thus immediately grabbing the attention of delegates. We then went on to discuss the common attributes of a top performer and methods of attracting, keeping and motivating such people.
In particular delegates enjoyed an exercise which involved blending different personality traits into a successful team to emphasise the importance of team building. Carefully selected external speakers linked their presentations to the theme of the day.
Ultimately, Innergy delivered a highly successful conference which educated, informed, entertained and motivated the franchisees. This is the first step in an ongoing programme with Innergy to enhance Driver Hire's recruitment and retention programme across the UK.
The feedback received, formal and informal, from the franchisees and from Driver Hire staff, has been extremely positive, with many saying that it was the best Driver Hire conference that they had attended.
"I just wanted to thank you for facilitating our Christmas conference that by any measure was a great success.
As you will know by now while we have a great business in a great market we face a series of interesting and different challenges in the coming months to transform Driver Hire's approach to staff recruitment, retention and development.
The day turned out to be a great success and the start of the process to develop a people and customer centric culture. We received great reviews from our attendees and most importantly everyone claimed to have taken away one or two ideas they can employ in their business with immediate effect.
I look forward to meeting you in the New Year to discuss how we take things forward on a number of different fronts."
Chris Chidley Chief Executive, Driver Hire