Trucking

When the Going Gets Tough: How to Navigate Challenging Conversations

Sometimes, conversations can be just plain hard. We often consider tough conversations as the ones employees have with managers, but the conversations managers have with higher-ups to advocate for their team members can be just as stressful. That’s definitely the case when you’re in the position of needing to address feedback that necessitates change. Change is never the easiest topic to discuss — and change accompanied by a required investment of time and/or money can be especially…


Is Retirement Planning the Key to Job Security?

For most American workers, retirement planning is a part of the conversation from early on in their careers. You enter the workforce with your first “real” job and shortly thereafter, ideally, you begin to put money away in a retirement fund, usually supported by your employer. And while that’s a reality for many people, it’s often different for those in the trucking industry. But that doesn’t make it any less important. Consider that retirement planning, through outlets like 401(k)s, stock…


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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.…


Via Startup Nation - 5 Reasons Why It’s Imperative to Immerse Yourself Into Your Target Industry

WorkHound CEO, Max Farrell, shared the reasons why an immersive experience was important for WorkHound to tackle target industries. For Farrell that meant going where the rubber meets the road and for research, he joined truck drivers by sleeping in truck cabs, eating road food, and showering at truck stops. Max on the road with Turntable Trucker When it came time to pitch WorkHound to key decision makers, Farrell and his team not only brought a bold vision for tackling critical…


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…


Professional Drivers are Thankful in 2018. Here’s Why:

In this season of Thanks, WorkHound is grateful to look back on the year with positive feedback from professional drivers and other frontline workers who have voiced their concerns and praise. It’s not always easy to create an environment that empowers workers to speak up. That’s why we’re excited to collaborate with every WorkHound customer on a daily basis. Each of the following comments is from anonymous drivers whose companies have chosen to work with WorkHound to act on feedback and…


[Case Study] Doug Andrus: Improving Driver Conditions with Data and Insights

Doug Andrus Distributing was looking for a way to gather feedback from its 275 drivers. The Idaho-based trucking company has prided itself on being a family-oriented business since 1937. The company lists its employees as one of its most important assets and wants make sure that employees are listened to and "involved in the decision-making process." Yet it struggled like other companies to keep tabs on drivers' daily concerns. Until last year, the company had never used any tools or software…


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Busy Season Is Coming: Improve Driver Retention Through The Rush

Busy Season Is Coming The busy season is coming. Your trucking company is probably already working on recruiting the extra drivers that will be needed as the holiday season approaches. But once those drivers are on board, what is your company doing to make sure they stay as long as they are needed? Can your fleet be confident that it will be able to handle the extra volume right through the busy season? The last quarter of the year can be an exceptionally stressful time for carriers. A few…


Do You Really Know Your Drivers’ Issues?

Take a step back from the computer real quick, hold your head up high and take a triumphant, deep breath. (Go ahead, we’ll wait.) It feels good to be a leader in the trucking industry. You’re in charge of the backbone of America: the movement of goods on open highways. Your accomplishments are something to be really proud of. How did you get to this point? Hard work and in-depth knowledge of the industry. There’s no way around it. And though you’ve been in the game for a long time, one fact…