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The Culture of Work for Truck Drivers Is Changing

As we make our way through the roller coasters of 2020 and 2021, rapid and distinct shifts at work are taking place. In the past, the amount of time a car sat in the parking lot was often intricately tied to his or her value. Employees and employers alike saw long hours on the job as a badge of pride, a sign that they were dedicated and worthy of respect. These days, though, we’re more likely to view long hours and blurred work/life boundaries as signs of potential burnout. In recent decades,…


Making Professional Driver Jobs More Attractive

How to Make Professional Driver Jobs More Attractive

If you had to use one word to describe the state of work in the United States in 2020 and early 2021, what would you say? For us, it would be “change.”  As the COVID-19 pandemic took over in March 2020 and in the year to follow, we witnessed changes of all sorts in the American workforce. There were unprecedented levels of unemployment (at least in the post-Depression era), a wholesale move from offices and other communal workspaces to remote work in the home, and ultimately, a good number of…


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What ATA Says About Driver Turnover

Driver turnover poses an ongoing problem for trucking companies across the United States. It’s expected to continue even as signs of post-pandemic economic recovery are emerging. In March 2021, the American Truck Associations (ATA) released a quarterly employment report indicating that driver turnover among large truckload fleets remained unchanged in the fourth quarter of 2020, despite tight freight capacity and the lingering effects of COVID-19. This followed a 10% increase to 92% during the…


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Fort Transfer Improves Retention with Full-Fleet Communications

Recently, Casey Lehman, Director of Recruiting and Retention at Fort Transfer, had a call with a driver who he never hears from, and lately, this seems to be an ongoing trend.  Since engaging drivers through WorkHound starting in January 2021, more drivers are getting in touch and it’s allowing the team at Fort Transfer to experience fewer surprises. According to Lehman, they haven't seen as many snap judgment “I-quit-right-now” moments. Instead, proactive communication has allowed them to get…


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When Instant Driver Feedback Saves the Day — and What Would Happen Without It

When we talk about instant driver feedback, we most often talk about the benefits of gathering feedback from professional drivers, both for trucking carriers and for the drivers themselves. But have you ever stopped to consider the reverse — what would happen if some pieces of critical feedback weren’t shared? Today, we’re discussing a few of our most common topics of feedback — along with what might happen if you weren’t made aware of problems as drivers are experiencing them. Urgent Driver…


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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…


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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…


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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…