Trucking

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Heroes of the Hound: Milan Supply Chain Solutions

WorkHound Customer Q&A: Milan There’s a famous quote from Admiral Grace Hopper that says, “The most dangerous phrase in the language is, ‘We’ve always done it this way.’” That’s an absolute truth — and one that helps guide the way that Milan Supply Chain Solutions, Inc., operates on a daily basis. You could call it their secret to success. In an industry that is ever-changing, Milan takes intentional, continual steps to evolve. That’s helped keep the company going since its founding in 1969…


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Is There a Truck Driver Shortage?

If you are in the trucking industry, you’ve probably heard about the driver shortage. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, over 65,000 fewer truckers were available for hire in 2020 than in 2019. The number of truck drivers only increased three percent the year before. Of course, some folks will argue that all stats from 2020 are skewed due to the pandemic. It is too soon to understand the long-term effects of COVID-19 on the economy and the job market. With people out of work due to…


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Driving Change: The Pandemic’s Effects on the Trucking Industry

As we all reflect on the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic’s effects on the trucking industry are in-focus at WorkHound.  While many of the effects were challenging, some of the pandemic’s effects on the trucking industry have been positive — and that’s especially true for communication. During 2020 and the first part of 2021, the trucking industry has taken significant strides forward in several areas with a direct impact on drivers.  With an eye on keeping drivers safe, companies within the…


TransLand

Heroes of the Hound: TransLand - David McCormack

WorkHound Customer Q&A: TransLand, David McCormack - Director of Operations In the past year, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the trucking industry has seen tremendous challenges — and shown incredible resiliency as the world has learned that drivers are essential. And communicating effectively with them is even more essential. For TransLand, a premier transportation company based in Strafford, Missouri, this is a lesson the company has long known but that became even more important…


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How to Build Trust with a Feedback Program

You’re probably familiar with the “Pandora’s box” fable. Because of it, “Opening up Pandora’s box” has become shorthand for opening up a door and letting in troubles.  Occasionally we come across the concern that starting up a feedback program for your business can have a similar effect — opening up your trucking company for all sorts of negative feedback and repercussions.  But the truth is: whether or not you open up the so-called “Pandora’s Box,” the driver feedback already exists. In other…


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Feedback Program: Can You Set it and Forget it?

In today’s world, important tools in life and work are almost fully automated. But while convenient, automated tools and services offer their own set of problems. After all, who among us hasn’t selected an option to automatically renew a subscription and then promptly forgot all about it? While that’s a light-hearted example, it’s all too easy to automate a process and then neglect it, which can lead to less-than-optimal results. That’s especially true for feedback programs. There are definite…


Driver feedback can make you shine.

Driver Feedback Can Make You Shine

If you’re reading this, thank you, odds are that you’ve got a lot on your plate. As an HR leader or fleet manager, you make your company shine.  Not to mention, you’re responsible for the challenging and seemingly all-encompassing job of hiring great talent — and then finding a way to retain them in an industry known for high turnover. Is that overwhelming? Maybe, but it’s also your time to shine. HR leaders that ask for feedback from their workforce become heroes for their companies when they…


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A Positive Correlation: High Communication = Highly Engaged Drivers

Hey there: New Year, New You! While most of us agree to and then forget personal resolutions within weeks of the start of the year, setting meaningful goals for your business is still a worthwhile endeavor. When you’re thinking about ways your company can improve in 2021, employee engagement is where you should start. For most companies, regardless of industry, a fully engaged workforce isn’t common, and this ultimately leads to an unhappy workforce looking for change.  While that may seem like…


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Trucking Trends for 2021: What We’re Expecting

What will 2021 bring? Well, if 2020 taught us anything, it’s that predicting even the immediate future in trucking trends can be difficult!  But even though we know that everything can change suddenly, our team at WorkHound has seen some emerging trends in the trucking industry this year that we think will stick around.  One of those is based on a bigger trend outside the industry: It’s that e-commerce is on the rise. In fact, an October study found that e-commerce spending was expected to…


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3 Ways to Improve Driver Loyalty in 2021

If there’s truly been a silver lining in 2020, it’s that essential workers in the United States and beyond are getting the spotlight they deserve. That’s definitely been the case for truck drivers, who have long been an underappreciated asset in keeping our daily lives functioning. So if essential workers are the most valuable employees, how can carriers improve driver loyalty in 2021?  Retention is always a priority — and 2020 was no different. In fact, the American Transportation Research…