Month: September 2015

Do's and Don'ts of Dealing With an Angry Driver

While having a management position at any company you will come into contact with an angry employee at least once (probably more). Truck drivers have the unusual experience of not being able to share their feelings on a regular basis (there's no water cooler on the road), which can cause their emotions to build up. Correctly dealing with an angry driver is important for the goal of retaining your drivers. Check out these "Do's and Don'ts" of dealing with an angry driver: Do’s: Change the…


Retain Drivers - 5 Ways to Keep Your Benefits Competitive

With the driver turnover rates remaining high, recruiting is a high priority for every carrier. A frequently used tactic for recruiting is highlighting all of the benefits and bonuses a driver would get working for that company. Our team has been doing research and interviews at local truck stops and we were amazed at the number of recruiting fliers and pamphlets that companies leave at these truck stops. There are definite themes on these pamphlets, such as pay, more home time, and medical…


Drivers: Take Advantage of Time Off

Driver vacation days are a precious thing and vacations are valuable for drivers to reconnect with family. To gear up for a big trip, we think planning the vacation is a great way to spend down time. Figuring out how to make the most of a trip is exciting and is an enjoyable part of the vacation experience. This week we focus on five ways to get ready for your next big vacation: Get the time off early! Talk to your Manager - Make sure you ask your manager for time off early! If you do this…


Upfront Honesty is Key When Hiring Drivers (Guest Post)

Our team at WorkHound believes it is important to get a range of perspectives on the industry and this week we have a guest post by Jim Paterson, the Director for Safety and Training at the Center for Transportation Safety, a part of Element Fleet Management. The life of a truck driver isn’t easy, as they are constantly away from their homes and families and work long hours without stellar pay. Another difficult issue many drivers face is falsified offerings from employers. If your company is…


5 Ways to Use Social Media to Retain Drivers

Social media has been greatly increasing in the popularity every year for the past decade. There are now 1.4 billion active Facebook profiles, 236 million Twitter users, and 364 million people on LinkedIn. A lot of truck drivers are very technology savvy and spend a lot of downtime on the road engaging on social platforms. This online social craze is not going to stop any time soon, so how can you, a trucking company, benefit from it? Taking Advantage of Employee Activists - Online…