Why Pleo? How to convince your boss to give us a try
Persuading people in charge to do cool stuff isn’t just empowering. It’s fun too.
Kids learn that early.
What was sweeter than convincing the teacher to wrap up the last class of the day five minutes early? Talking a parent into letting you get an ice cream, maybe. Or convincing the babysitter to let you stay up late.
But you’re a grown-up now.
Your opportunities to convince people in charge (your boss) to do cool stuff are a bit more limited. You need to bring them research, persuasive arguments and a plan.
Even if you’re proposing something as cool as signing up to Pleo. Our smart, prepaid company cards mean no more expense reports, out-of-pocket spending or desperate receipt hunts.
Plenty of managers understand how that will streamline the way your company runs. But some need a little bit more help.
That’s where we come in.
Here are some arguments that should really convince any boss why Pleo is a great idea.
Pleo’s going to save them money
You want to impress a boss? Save them money.
That’s what Pleo can do. Right away.
It stops staff wasting valuable time on filing expenses manually, freeing them up to do work that’s much more useful.
It keeps staff happy (and happy staff are much more productive) and it cuts down on the chance of expense fraud.
Work out (in just a minute) how much Pleo might save your business with this calculator. It really will surprise you.
Pleo means less hassle for managers
One thing managers love is when you take problems off their plate. Pleo removes some of the most tedious tasks from a supervisor’s monthly to-do list.
For years, too many managers have been suffering as their companies lumber under the old ways of doing expenses.
When these bosses are not filling in reports, they’re chasing employees for receipts. When things go wrong, they have to get to the bottom of who spent what.
It makes their relationship with their workers more confrontational than it needs to be.
The vast majority of managers don’t want it that way.
Our software gives them such a smooth experience of managing business spending, they’ll wonder why they put up with unnecessary stress for so long.
Pleo means better oversight for managers
Bosses can get a proper insight into company spending with Pleo, not once-a-month insight. Not panic-over-how-much-was-spent insight.
Here’s how it works:
Pleo gives managers a real-time overview of how their team members are spending money. Spending limits are set for each employee from the off and cards can be frozen if needed.
If they’re the boss of a team of five sales reps, they get a notification when any of those reps use their Pleo card — and can see what’s been bought.
The boss can view the receipt straight away, as well as any notes that provide further information on the purchase.
Who wouldn’t prefer that to scrambling to find out who used the company card three weeks ago and never submitted an expense report?
Pleo means giving their employees something cool
There’s a reason why Pleo encourages new customers to use their cards as soon as possible, even if it’s on a small transaction like a chocolate bar.
It’s because users get the benefits of Pleo straight away.
But the manager who introduces Pleo feels a more delayed, but no less fantastic, sense of having made a positive difference.
Not only that, but our Pleo cards arrive in a really impressive and eye-catching package. Dishing them out makes you a bit of a superstar in the office, honest.
As perks of the job go, it’s a great one to give to new hires and established team members alike.
Pleo means building trust
91% of managers struggle to communicate effectively with their workers, according to one survey (of workers). It’s a big challenge, in which both sides probably feel a bit underappreciated.
You know what makes communication infinitely easier? Trust.
Sadly a lack of trust is another big issue for modern leaders. 20% of workers don’t trust their senior managers and half of those say that’s because of a lack of transparency.
Does an outdated expense management system help that? Of course it doesn’t.
It involves friction and often lots of negative back-and-forth. It’s difficult to build trust if you’re both dealing with the imperfections of manual expense management.
And it’s very hard as an employee to feel trusted if you have to beg to use the company card or dip into your own funds to pay for something.
Why Pleo? Because we’re a practical way for managers to buck that trend. Trust and transparency are at the core of our product.
And if your boss signs up to try us out, a new relationship can be built around that trust.
Pleo means doing something innovative
Sometimes we forget that our bosses also have bosses that they’re trying to impress.
Bosses want to be seen to be having a positive impact on their team. Reaching basic targets and keeping the team ticking over isn’t enough for any supervisor with even the tiniest amount of ambition.
They want to be seen to be boosting productivity, improving morale and retaining their very best staff.
So many Pleo customers tell us they’ve experienced these benefits (and more) within a few weeks of signing up with us.
Productivity goes up because less time is wasted on expenses.
Morale improves because business spending stops being a chore. Instead, it’s a cool, user-friendly experience.
And managers have a better chance of keeping their best workers because of that all-important increase in trust and transparency.
That’s the kind of thing any boss can proudly present at a performance review.
But if they still need convincing…
Send your boss a cheeky link to one of our Pleo Hero of the Month articles for practical examples of bosses that made a real difference to their company with Pleo’s help.
Once they’ve been won over, your boss can book in a demo call with one of our ever-helpful sales team and let them take it from there.
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