Month: May 2021

driver mental health

Trucking Companies Can Do Something about Driver Mental Health

There’s no doubt about it: Professional drivers face some challenging and stressful circumstances, both of which impact driver mental health. Most days, they’re on the road, battling traffic, handling complex safety issues, and, in many cases, going it alone.  All of these factors can contribute to stress and burnout, but the last factor may be most significant. Time alone — and specifically, loneliness — can have a major impact on a driver’s overall health, impacting both physical health and…


driver turnover

What You Need to Know About Driver Turnover

Trucking companies can learn a lot from driver turnover. It plays a significant role in the driver recruiting process. The data collected about your annual driver turnover can help you determine exactly what type of driver you are interested in hiring. It can also help you step back and analyze what parts of your company you should improve to retain drivers longer. The Trouble with Driver Recruitment Recruiting drivers to work for a trucking company may not seem like a difficult task. Truck…


driver shortage

How to Address the Driver Shortage

For many years now, the alarm bell about the truck driver shortage has been ringing, but what are the practical steps to address this shortage that you can take? As we concluded in a recent blog post, the best strategy for you as a trucking company is to focus on retention first, and recruiting second. In this post, we’ll show you how the drivers you currently have are the major key to the growth of your business, with 5 practical steps you can take to address the driver shortage. 1. Understand…


truck driver recruiting agency

The Best Truck Driver Recruiting Agency

Trucking is a vital part of the American economy, and experienced drivers play a crucial role in making sure the nation’s freight gets from point A to point B. The trucking industry is seeing increased demand in 2021 but a nationwide driver shortage continues to plague the industry. Experts say the shortage could last for the next two to four years, which means hiring and retaining qualified drivers now is more important than ever. If you are wondering how you can attract more quality truck…


How the Driver Shortage

How the Driver Shortage Affects Consumers & How Companies Can Limit the Impact

If you’ve turned on the news recently or picked up a newspaper, you’ve probably heard about the shortage of truck drivers. Why is it big news these days? Well, most specifically, you probably heard about the truck driver shortage in conjunction with the recent ransomware attack on and shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline. Most of us only had a peripheral knowledge of this pipeline prior to the shutdown, but it’s responsible for carrying 100 million gallons of gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel per day…


retention pay

Make Driver Retention Pay for Itself

Wondering if you should invest in a driver retention program? In this post, we’ll take a deep-dive into driver retention programs and how to get value for your money.  In a recent blog post, we established that developing strong communication and feedback channels is the major key to improving driver retention. But did you know that investing in a retention program that will establish feedback channels for you can save you up to $8000 per driver? Ultimately that results in letting retention pay…


Make your Driver's day

How to Make your Driver's Day: Things We Know Drivers Love

When leaders at many businesses think about feedback from their employees, their minds naturally leap to the negative. But the reality is, when you open a continuous feedback loop and empower your employees to share their thoughts and needs, you’re also going to hear a lot of positive feedback about how to make your driver's day. Over the years, we’ve seen thousands of pieces of feedback, and we regularly analyze what drivers are saying from a “big picture” perspective, allowing us to get a…


truck driver turnover rate

Why You Should Know Your Truck Driver Turnover Rate

Managing a situation starts with defining it. High truck driver turnover rate and a low retention rate have been consistent problems for trucking companies in North America for years. Large truckload carriers had a driver turnover rate of 92% in Q3 of 2020 according to American Trucking Associations data. It was 74% for drivers with smaller carriers. In 2018, when the big carrier turnover rate was as high as 94%, the average cost of losing and hiring a driver was $11,500 per position.  Some…


Where things stand with truck drivers

Where Things Stand With Truck Drivers & the COVID-19 Vaccine

About two months ago, we wrote a blog that talked about how the COVID-19 pandemic drove change within the trucking industry and how it impacted feedback. Tucked in the bottom of that blog, we mentioned that one topic of feedback that had begun to emerge was how/when/where things stand with truck drivers & the COVID-19 vaccine. Needless to say, two months later, that’s still a hot topic. As more Americans gain access to the vaccine, drivers and companies alike wonder how to handle…


truck driver recruiting

Retention Starts in Truck Driver Recruiting

Long-term contracts are productive for both drivers and trucking companies, and it’s essential that retention is top-of-mind during the truck driver recruiting process. While retention is a hot topic in the trucking industry, it isn’t often the focus during recruitment.  The job market for qualified professional drivers is short in supply and we all know it’s high in demand. Drivers have the power to choose whether or not to stay long-term in your company. While we know that dissatisfied…