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9 Ideas to Find & Keep Drivers For Trucking Jobs Toledo Trucking jobs Toledo know how difficult it may be to find and maintain drivers, but through these tips it may be a shade easier. Whenever there’s a panel discussion about driver turnover and the coming driver shortage, low pay is always pointed to as a culprit. Yet when it comes to making drivers happy, pay often takes a backseat to the bigger picture. Following are nine ideas on some of the best ways to find and keep drivers. 1) Pay Smarter: There’s got to be more to it than just so much a mile. There’s a direct correlation between the guys who are considered the most professional, most dependable drivers – and how much they take home every week. 2) Ask Drivers What They Want: You’d be surprised how many companies don’t do any active asking of their drivers, whether it’s a formal or informal way. The ones that do are the ones that have much higher driver satisfaction rates. 3) Use the World Wide Web: You can start by looking at the online presence and get a flavor of what the company is all about. 4) Don’t Sugarcoat the Job: When recruiters are paid just to get drivers in the door, they’re a lot less likely to give drivers the hard truth. Skip that step, and just be honest. 5) Do A Better Job Of Onboarding: It gives the new driver another voice other than operations, and gives both the new driver and mentor a sense of belonging. 6) Foster Driver Health: Many companies have on-site gyms as well as a full- time health and fitness trainer who works with drivers on diet and exercise. 7) Get Drivers Home: It doesn’t necessarily mean every night, but a good visibility on what their schedule is so they can plan and have some stability in that area of their life is really helpful for the driver. 8) Take Care of Problems Promptly: If you don’t like what you see of if there’s a problem with your shipper or a problem with your truck, be vocal about it and don’t wait for it to solve itself. 9) Don’t Try to Do It All: You should try to target a small number of programs that fit with your company’s culture and mission and implement them. Rather than viewing it holistically, sometimes the best approach is taking small steps. Driver pay does not seem to be as important a factor in drivers wanting to stick around as does total work environment. That includes not only pay, but also benefits, work/life balance, professional development and more. And for all of that, the impetus comes from the top. “The number one thing that seems to make a difference is having an actively engaged executive team,” says Mark Murrell, president of CarriersEdge. “If the executive team isn’t engaged, nothing is ever going to change.” Carriers used to have the attitude that they own the truck, take what we’ve got or leave it. Anybody who has that attitude now is not going to make it. That doesn’t mean just having a vague “open door policy,” either. Meet drivers during orientation, show up at their driver meetings, get to know as many as possible by name, and foster a corporate culture that respects drivers, such as the one found in trucking jobs Toledo. Hopefully these tips help you to better approach your company or initiative and you can find all of these helpful comments being currently utilized by trucking jobs Toledo today!
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