There is a major truck driver shortage in the US, leaving many companies without the drivers they need to transport goods within their organizations or to clients and customers.
This is a serious problem, and one that a lot of companies are currently struggling with. If you already have all the truck drivers you need then, you should consider yourself to be in a fortunate position. As long as you keep those truck drivers, your company will be able to weather the storm.
How to Retain Truck Drivers During National Shortage?
The obvious answer of course is to incentivize and encourage your drivers to stay. It is time that your organization began showing how much it values those professionals, and rewarding them for the loyalty that you hope to see.
The easiest way to incentivize a driver to stay with a company is to increase their salary. Offering a raise demonstrates that you value the person, and it also means they’re able to live a comfortable lifestyle without having to look elsewhere. Take a look at job openings offered by competitors and make sure that they aren’t significantly better than what you’re paying your drivers.
Flexibility To Retain Truck Drivers
But this is far from the only thing that you can do to keep your staff with you. Just as important for many, is enjoying the work and having more freedom and flexibility. Make sure that you aren’t overworking your drivers, or that you aren’t taking advantage of them. Give them flexible options, and provide fun perks where the opportunities arise.
The danger is that companies end up under staffed and thereby forcing their drivers to work longer hours, or to make more unreasonable journeys. While this reaction is understandable, it can of course result in discontent, which might actually drive those drivers away from your company and cause them to look elsewhere for more favorable work conditions. Any time you do keep your drivers on for longer, reward their extra hours with double pay or time in lieu.
Ultimately, your drivers are free to come and go as they choose. And now they’re more in-demand than ever, it’s easier than ever for them to find better conditions. All the more reason for you to make sure they love the work they are doing and that they are more than adequately rewarded for all the work they put in.
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