An executive driver is a private driver, such as a corporate executive. Various skills are required to play an active role in work. However, although I am interested in executive drivers, there are many people who think that their work is tough. Why do many people find the work of executive drivers tough? In this article, I will explain what the executive driver does and why the job seems to be tough.
1. Job description of executive driver
The main job of an executive driver is to transfer a person in an important position, such as a corporate executive, to a car. So to speak, you will work as an "exclusive driver". After successfully picking up and dropping off at the destination, it is common to wait until the officer's errands are completed. However, it is not clear what time the work will end. Therefore, you should be aware that it is basically impossible to go anywhere during that waiting time.
2. Why do executive drivers seem to be tough?
For those who like driving, the job of an executive driver will be attractive. However, executive drivers tend to think that their work is hard. Why do executive drivers seem to have a tough job? The reasons for this are as follows.
2-1. Postpone yourself
One of the major reasons why executive drivers seem to have a tough job is that they have to put themselves off. The main task of an officer driver is to deliver the officer safely to the destination. Basically, work occurs only when an officer goes somewhere, and it is common to have a waiting time when not in operation. Therefore, the waiting time tends to be long, and some people may feel pain. Also, it is not clear when the officer's errands will end. It is necessary to put the officers first and wait on the spot so that you can get in the car at any time. Basically, it is necessary to organize, maintain, and check the schedule in the car so that the officers can spend their waiting time comfortably. In this way, "putting the officers first and putting yourself off" is a factor that seems to be tough.
2-2. You have to communicate
"Communicative competence" is important for working as an executive driver. There are many opportunities to be alone while you are moving to your destination with an officer in your car. In a private space, you may have a personal conversation with an officer or receive various consultations. A certain level of communication skills is required to facilitate such conversations. In addition, the officer driver should never dismiss the information obtained in the conversation with the officer. You need to keep secrets without talking to close friends such as family and friends. People who say, "What I hear makes me want to talk to someone" or "I like gossip" can find these restrictions tight.
2-3. High driving skills are required
"High driving skills" are indispensable to play an active role in work. Officers and drivers must always keep in mind safe driving because it is an important job that saves lives. In addition to paying attention to safety, it is important to keep in mind "comfortable driving" so that officers can relax in the car. Even if I am confident in my driving skills, I cannot calmly ride in a driving situation where I suddenly start or brake suddenly. Also, some officers may work in the car. It is important to drive carefully so as not to interfere with your work. It will be important to accurately detect "what the officers want" and drive according to it, such as improving work efficiency and relaxing.
Hard but rewarding work
Executive drivers need "high driving skills," "good personality," and "a wide range of skills such as business etiquette." Occasionally, you may be tasked with managing the schedule of officers, and you may find the work content tough. However, there are many skills and things that can be learned by engaging with important positions such as executives and presidents. An executive driver is a tough job, but a rewarding and engaging job. If you are interested, why not give it a try?
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These days, companies are making various rationalizations to reduce costs! Instead of hiring an officer driver, we are increasingly asking for an officer driver to be dispatched. So what are the benefits of using a temporary staffing service?
■ Available only when needed! Easy is recommended
Perhaps the biggest benefit of using the executive driver dispatch service is that you can save money. If you hire an officer driver, you will incur labor costs such as retirement allowances and welfare expenses in addition to your monthly salary. However, outsourcing driving operations can significantly reduce those labor costs. You can hire a dispatched driver only when you need it, so the cost is minimal. In addition, it does not require the cost and time of recruiting and training drivers, so it is much less troublesome. In this way, it can be said that it is very rational to hire a dispatched driver in terms of cost and time.
■ Because driving professionals will come! Reduce costs by reducing self-risk!
It's better to have less stress when commuting so that you can concentrate on your work with peace of mind. For that reason, executive drivers are required to have high driving skills. In that respect, it is safe to say that the dispatched driver is a driver who can be said to be a driving professional who has accumulated many years of experience. In addition, temporary staffing companies have their own training system for technical intern training, and there is no dedication to safe driving education. Because it is a high quality driver, there is less risk of accidents and extra costs due to accidents can be reduced. From this point as well, it can be said that there are great advantages in terms of safety and cost.
■ Don't be afraid to ride a customer with a highly educated driver!
In addition to driving experience and skills, it is also a great advantage that drivers who are well-educated in terms of manners are dispatched. Most of the drivers are serving executives and executives on a regular basis, so they have the basics of etiquette, grooming, and customer service, so they can use it with confidence even in the business scene where important customers are placed. I will. Of course, you don't have to worry about keeping confidentiality. A driver with good manners and morals and attentiveness to the surroundings can be said to be a strong ally in leading a successful business.
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When it comes to secretarial work, it may be hard to imagine only adjusting the schedule of the boss. A secretary who is by the boss and always supports him. What kind of schedule does it actually work on?
■ About the time of arrival and the flow of the morning
The time of arrival is often different depending on the company and the boss attached, but it is preferable to arrive before the arrival time of the attached boss. The role of the secretary is mainly to assist the boss and to coordinate the schedule, so it is meaningless if the boss cannot check his schedule immediately after coming to work in the morning. In the case of a secretary with an officer, it seems that there are many types of officers who regularly come to work around 9:00 and return home around 17:30, so like a normal office worker, the secretary should come to work by 8:50 at the latest. Let's do it. After coming to work, check your email while preparing your boss's morning drink, check your boss's schedule for today, and briefly summarize what you need to discuss with your boss today. When the boss arrives at the office, he will greet you, confirm today's schedule, and after completing the items to be confirmed, listen to any requests from the boss and leave the room promptly. After that, I will return to my job, but I need to keep an eye on the trends of the bosses.
■ About lunch break and afternoon work
Most lunch breaks can be taken on time, but you may be able to do it at your desk during busy times. Either way, you need to match the boss as well as the time you arrive at the office. On days when the boss is having lunch, the secretary can have lunch relatively slowly, and when the boss is busy, the secretary must finish lunch quickly. In the afternoon work, as in the morning, keep an eye on the boss while doing your own work. Since the boss is also human, you may get tired or sleepy. It would be nice to be able to serve coffee and sweets in a well-defined place at the right timing of the boss. It is important not to miss the timing when the boss goes to a meeting or dinner, and to be prepared to respond immediately when the boss concentrates on his work and is likely to be late.
■ About business end time and free time
Basically, it is preferable that the business end time goes up on time, such as 17:30 if you arrive at the office at 9:00. As an officer, you often have the opportunity to attend a night dinner or work late into the night, making it difficult to wait until the boss's work is done. So unless you have something special, ask your boss if you have anything else to do, then tell the boss that you're going to be rude first on time and go home. It's not good to work overtime every day, as the secretary's blunder will smear the boss's face. Also, even in your free time after leaving the office, you shouldn't take your time off and drink. You don't know when and where your boss's business partner is looking. It's not that you enjoy it, but always try to behave responsibly.
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Even if you have doubts about exclusive chauffeurs, many people may find it difficult to ask detailed questions about the internal circumstances at interviews. By deepening your understanding of the actual situation, you will be able to see what you want to be careful about and what you want to be aware of when working as an exclusive driver. In this article, I will raise two questions in particular about the working hours of a private chauffeur and explain them in detail.
■Is the exclusive driver's working hours long?
The working hours of a dedicated driver have a characteristic point compared to other drivers. It is the point that it conforms to the client's working hours. Basically, exclusive drivers often work the same working hours as those who work for a general company, such as from around 9:00 to around 18:00 on weekdays. On top of that, it is conceivable that the officer may be detained overtime due to sudden business such as golf, entertainment meals, ceremonial occasions.
Compared to other drivers, I may drive outside working hours depending on the day, so it is not possible to say whether the working hours are long or short. However, compared to taxi drivers and truck drivers who sometimes drive all day, the actual time spent driving is likely to be short in most cases. This is because in the case of an exclusive driver, there is a possibility that the executive will only drive to work or return home. It can be said that the basic job content of an exclusive driver is to specialize in picking up and dropping off when officers move.
■What are you doing during the waiting time?
Of course, once the executives have finished picking up and dropping off, the driving work will end once, so the working hours of the exclusive driver include the time when the car is not driven. However, the waiting time is not necessarily a break time, it is often the time to wait for the next transfer. Private chauffeurs often spend much more time waiting than they actually drive. For example, it is possible to wait 5-7 hours for a 1-2 hour flight. During the waiting time, it is important to check the schedule of the officers and the road conditions, etc., and think about a route that can be picked up without delay. We rarely have the same schedules and road conditions all the time. Sometimes accidents can block highways.
In such a case, it is necessary to find a route to the destination on time by another road. Waiting time can also be used for such careful homework, as well as for cleaning the interior of the car and performing maintenance on the car. The most important way of thinking is that the waiting time is a time to give consideration to the officers so that they can get on board comfortably. You can also use the time to increase your knowledge, such as reading books of various genres in preparation for conversations with executives.
■ What is the daily flow of an executive driver?
If you know the daily flow of an executive driver, it may be easier to imagine the actual work situation. Here's a chronological timeline of a typical day for an executive driver.
First, I go to the company at 7:00 a.m. to clean and inspect the officers' cars, and then head to the officers' homes. Arrive at the executive's home at 8:00 am, pick up the executive at 8:10 am, and leave for the company again. I arrived at the company at 9:00 a.m., and after seeing off the executives, it was time to wait. After cleaning the inside of the car, we will wait in the officer driver's waiting room. At 11:00 am, we will pick up the officers again and deliver them to the client company. We arrive at 11:30 am, see off the executives, have lunch, and pick up the executives who have finished business negotiations at 2:00 pm. After arriving at the company at 2:30 pm, it will be waiting time again, and at 5:00 pm, the executives who have finished their work will be sent home. After arriving at the officer's house at 5:50 pm, I returned the officer's car to the garage, cleaned it up, created a daily driving report, etc., and finished my work.
■What is the actual salary of executive drivers?
Executive drivers have an image of being highly paid, but the average salary of executive drivers is around 250,000 yen, which is not that much compared to other driver jobs. If you live in Tokyo, the annual income will be the same as that of a taxi driver. Of course, the figures introduced here are just averages, so the amount of salary will change depending on the company you belong to, individual performance, overtime hours, etc.
If you work a lot of overtime or have a good track record, your salary tends to be higher. If you win the trust of customers and become a high-class driver who is nominated by various companies, high income is not a dream. If the monthly salary exceeds 300,000 yen, it is a lot for an executive driver, but some of them earn 600,000 to 800,000 yen stably.
■ What is the problem that executive drivers tend to have?
When aiming for an executive driver, it is a good idea to know in advance about the troubles that you tend to have. First of all, executive drivers tend to worry about the length of waiting time. Due to the nature of working as an exclusive driver for one executive, executive drivers will inevitably have a long waiting time. In some cases, you may have to wait for everything except transportation between home and company. Many people worry about how to spend this waiting time.
In addition, there are various problems for executive drivers, such as low wages without overtime work, overtime work but the length of work hours is difficult, and confidentiality obligations make it impossible to consult with people. If you have any problems after becoming an executive driver, you will need to seek a solution by consulting with your boss or changing jobs.
■ What are the benefits of becoming an executive driver?
One of the benefits of becoming an executive driver is that you can drive a luxury car that you can rarely drive. Many companies have luxury cars such as Audis, Bentleys, Benzes, etc. to make their executives work comfortably or as a tax saving measure. If you become an executive driver, you can drive a luxury car on a daily basis, so it can be said that it is a fun job for car lovers. Another advantage of becoming an executive driver is that you can refine your business etiquette and communication skills while interacting with executives.
■ What are the disadvantages of becoming an executive driver?
Executive drivers have not only advantages, but also disadvantages that require attention. First of all, executive drivers are required to have skills other than driving, such as attentiveness and route search. So be aware that it is not an easy job. When starting an executive driver, you must acquire the necessary skills through thorough training. Another disadvantage is the heavy responsibility that accompanies important people in the company. If an executive driver causes an accident, the company will also suffer a large loss.
■ What skills are required for executive drivers?
One of the skills required for executive drivers is driving skills. For executive drivers, driving skills are an essential quality for safely transporting and picking up executives. In order not to threaten the life and property of customers, it is necessary to thoroughly confirm safety while driving. If you are not confident that you can drive safely by yourself, you need to have a company instructor ride with you to check how to drive.
Strict confidentiality is also an important point. Since there is a high possibility that executive drivers will know the company's confidential information during work, whether or not they can keep confidentiality is an important criterion for executives. A man who slips his lips inadvertently cannot work as an executive chauffeur. On the other hand, an executive driver who can have a smooth conversation while maintaining confidentiality is more likely to be evaluated, which leads to an increase in income.
Other skills such as route search and attentiveness are also required for executive drivers. In order for executives to use it comfortably, executive drivers must work with the utmost care.
■ Jobs that require skillful use of time
It is no exaggeration to say that the ability to use time wisely is the most sought after driver. The time spent on duty is short, but it is necessary to be aware that the time you are not in the car is also work time. Punctuality is a prerequisite for boarding time. It is necessary to keep an eye out for the latest information, collect accurate information, and strive to understand road conditions. It's also important to double-check the officer's schedule and re-evaluate the optimal route. Being too tense all the time may have the opposite effect, but let's use the waiting time effectively with a moderate sense of tension.
In addition to waiting time, you can develop the ability to respond to unforeseen situations by allocating it to car maintenance or using it for study time. If your car breaks down, you won't be able to work. Routine vehicle inspections and cleaning the interior of the vehicle are also important tasks. The break time is limited so that the officers can ride comfortably next time. Being able to use the time you think is free is the shortcut to becoming an exclusive driver.
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When assigning a dedicated driver to a company officer, do you wonder which is better, a hire or a dispatched officer driver? It seems better to seriously compare which one is more convenient. I thought about when the executive driver would be profitable.
■ The biggest difference is whether you own a car
Isn't the first thing to think about if your company has a company car? If you have a company car, you don't need to bring it, so you can conclude that you won't ask for a hire. If you ask a dispatched officer driver, you can get one body. Moreover, if you ask for a hire, you will often be charged a transfer fee until you come to the company. By comparison, executive drivers are paid on a full hourly basis and are only charged for the hours they drive for themselves. Another big advantage is that you can use a company car. For example, what if your company car has a car phone? Phones that couldn't be used by hire can now be used in company cars.
■ If the usage scene is decided, the officer driver
What do you need a car for? If you know exactly what kind of course you will be going around, we recommend an officer driver. In the case of a hire, it feels very similar to a taxi, so it is strong to go around flexibly, but the price will be high and you will not be able to use the best time. If you are an executive driver, tell us your schedule in advance and they will be ready for you. On top of that, they will prepare for you, so most of your selfishness will be heard. For example, if you suddenly want to go to the bathroom while running the scheduled course, or if you need to go to a convenience store, it will respond flexibly.
■ If you are an executive driver, you can build a relationship of trust
Executive drivers receive thorough training in their company on improving communication skills and business etiquette. The results are reflected in internal conversations. They casually take care of the officers and hold conversations that soothe their feelings. We also receive thorough training on driving skills and how to avoid traffic jams. As a result, troubles can be dealt with, and the relationship of trust between the driver and officers can be easily deepened. Also, if you are a repeater, you will not forget the customer you once picked up, so the service should improve further. The more you use the services of executive drivers, the easier it is to build a relationship of trust.
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