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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…


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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…


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5 Ways to Address the Driver Shortage in the Trucking Industry 

High driver turnover, low wages, unfair fines, and unpaid work are just a few of the causes of the current driver shortage in the trucking industry. But what can be done to fix this? Here are 5 actionable steps you can take to address the trucking industry’s driver shortage: 1. Improve Driver Pay This may be the most straightforward of all the points on this list. The lack of young drivers entering the industry is very likely attributed to low or simply confusing pay. A few things you could do…


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Driver Culture is Defined by Communication

Have you ever thought about the role of a feedback program for your trucking company's driver culture? For trucking companies, gathering feedback and taking action on it can fall pretty low on your large list of priorities. But did you know that a feedback program can be the engine that keeps your trucking company on the road? Using a feedback tool as the foundation of your overall human resource efforts can help you achieve your goals in a meaningful and efficient way. (Read: Cut that to-do…


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Highway Mind: Correcting Course on Mental Health

Dangerous traffic. Chronic stress. Empty passenger seats. And way, way too much time to think. When you’re a driver in the trucking industry, it’s all part of the job. Over time, though, these strains can take a heavy toll on the mind. The risk of developing mental health issues in the trucking field is high — leaving many drivers debilitated, unsafe at the wheel, or with suicidal tendencies. If left untreated, mental illness can pose significant threats to more parties than just the driver.…


Cold Carriers Case Study: Using Feedback to Intercept Driver Turnover

When Gantt Trucking, Interide Transport, and Sunco Trucking joined forces to form “Cold Carriers” in January 2017, an emphasis was placed on preserving the driver-focused culture at each company. “There are two kinds of people that work in trucking: There are drivers and then there’s the rest of us that support them,” said Dave Wiebush, General Manager at Cold Carriers. “Drivers are the center of what we do and it takes a bit of drive to connect, but WorkHound helps us get there.” Each acquired…


Top 5 Takeaways from 2018 WorkHound Trends

In 2018, WorkHound tracked feedback from tens of thousands of professional drivers throughout the country. These drivers work at companies as small as 60 trucks all the way up to several thousand while hauling tanker, refrigerated, dry van, flatbed, and expedited freight. This feedback is the key to how organizations are streamlining driver retention efforts. While driver turnover continues to remain high, with an average of 95 percent, the driver shortage continues to grow. According to the…


Recapping 2018 Driver Feedback Trends

2018 was a monumental year for driver feedback, and WorkHound will be reporting on trends with Stifel Capital Markets this Friday, January 11, at 11 a.m. EST. Join WorkHound and Stifel Capital Markets on a conference call hosted by Global Transportation & Logistics Analyst David Ross featuring Max Farrell, CEO and Co-founder of WorkHound and Andrew Kirpalani, CTO and Co-founder of WorkHound, to discuss 2018 trends about how thousands of drivers feel about work. WorkHound, a real-time…