Notifications & Messages

Jared Hamilton
From: Jared Hamilton
Hey - It’s time to join the thousands of other dealer professionals on DrivingSales. Create an account so you can get full access to the articles, discussions and people that are shaping the future of the automotive industry.
Jason Volny

Jason Volny National Training Manager

Exclusive Blog Posts

Master Class Homework Packet: New-hire Orientation

Master Class Homework Packet: New-hire Orientation

For those of you in a Master Class, You’ve just learned about New-Hire Orientation and how it can systematically help you set your new hires on th…

Videos Still Work, Right?

Videos Still Work, Right?

There have been several rounds of conversation in regards to videos. Namely, videos are the new it factor when it comes to capturing our customer's att…

How Service Advisors Can Keep Your Clients Coming Back

How Service Advisors Can Keep Your Clients Coming Back

After an economic shutdown like the United States is just emerging from, no one really knows what to expect. In the modern era, it’s foreign terr…

WEBINAR RECORDING - 4 Ways Dealerships Can Attract and Service Customers - 100% Digitally

WEBINAR RECORDING - 4 Ways Dealerships Can Attract and Service Customers - 100% Digitally

So much has changed in the world during the past few months. Many dealerships have been making the decision whether or not to close their doors tempo…

MDP 047 | Will Covid-19 Change the Way We Buy Cars?

MDP 047 | Will Covid-19 Change the Way We Buy Cars?

#Badger #ILikeBigTrucks #DigitalRetailer #DigitalRetailing     Join David & David are back in the MDP Studio and they are talking ab…

Managing Remotely: the Daily Check-in

In the last post of this series, we talked about the necessity of determining the activities that will get you the results when you have a team working remotely.  Without these activities, it’s difficult to determine success on a daily basis. In this post, we’ll dive into another key process that will help improve the performance of your remote team: the daily check-in.

One of the problems that arise when you have a remote team is communication.  When working from home, it can be easy for an employee to become disengaged, especially if they aren’t used to working this way.  They don’t have the energy that comes from having multiple people with a common objective working together in a workspace. There are distractions that can arise if they are in an environment that is their work and home.



This can create issues.  Additionally, with COVID-19, they may have a more difficult time holding conversations with customers.  It can become frustrating.  

As a manager, it is extremely important that you keep your team engaged.  We all need human contact, and in this age of social distancing, you have to find ways to “manufacture” face to face interactions.  One way to do this is to conduct daily check-ins.



The purpose of this daily check-in is to allow each team member to talk about what they are going to accomplish in their day.  Each employee talks about their plan for the day, the prospects they have working, and any appointments or conversations they have on their calendar, etc.  Basically, they will be discussing the activities they will be focusing on to achieve their goals and objectives.

In order to conduct a successful daily check-in, you need to find a tool to allow you to communicate with your team face to face.  You don’t need to spend money on this, but you want a video chat solution. The tool can be something as simple as Facetime or Google Hangouts.  Or you may have something more sophisticated such as Zoom. Regardless of the tool you incorporate, make sure it is video-based, it helps to assemble your team virtually where they can all see each other. 

Once you have found your video chat tool, schedule a brief check-in each morning before the team gets going.  Schedule it for the same time every day, and make it mandatory. This shouldn’t be a long call. Depending on the size of your team, it can be a 15-minute conversation.  Don’t make it longer than 30 minutes. This isn’t a meeting, but rather a check-in.  

Allow each team member their chance to talk about their day.  These check-ins can create some productive energy. You’ll have a team that is engaged and enthusiastic about their day.  Employees will brainstorm and solve problems for each other. Most importantly, you’ll see their productivity improve.

The last component you need to implement to make this process successful is a sign-out email.  Require each employee to send a brief (emphasis on brief) email at the end of their day recapping what they were able to accomplish.  This completes the circuit with the daily check-in. These emails need to go to all members of the team, not just the manager. You want all employees to see each other’s daily recap.  Comment on these when the opportunity arises. Maybe a team member crushed their plan, or you may have someone frustrated. This is your chance to be a leader to your team.

As stated earlier, humans need interaction.  A daily check-in is a great way to keep your remote team engaged and focused on their goals. 



Brent Williams

Great article Jason, but dealers could have all the tools in one product with Snapcell. as we specialist only in the car business, you can now make your traditional walkaround videos and create those important upsell videos for the service lanes but we are also the only platform that streams live to customers via the app / desktop and there website with the ability to create standalone videos as well

Nothing for the customers to download (Crucial)

 Unlock all of the community & features  Join Now