Loaded and Rolling: Trucking turnover and retention debate rages on

Trucking turnover and retention debate rages on

(Photo: Jim Allen/FreightWaves)

FreightWaves’ Rachel Premack wrote an article on Wednesday outlining her experience attending a truck driver training conference in Corpus Christi, Texas, by the National Association of Publicly-Funded Truck Driving Schools (NAPFTDS). Premack sought to get more information on a fundamental disagreement in trucking that involves driver turnover and whether there is an ongoing driver shortage. Lobbying groups like the...


For better retention, focus on what’s controllable — Taking The Hire Road

On this episode of Taking The Hire Road, Jeremy Reymer, founder of DriverReach, is joined by a great industry friend and partner, Max Farrell, co-founder and CEO of WorkHound, a company committed to giving a voice to frontline workers through a real-time anonymous feedback platform.

The trucking industry has dealt with rampant turnover for years. Because of the volatile marketplace, a driver might be “happy in the beginning of the week, get fed up in the middle and quit in the end and have a...


Driver appreciation WEAK? Give authentic thanks – Taking the Hire Road

In this episode of Taking the Hire Road, Jeremy Reymer, founder of DriverReach, is joined by an industry friend and leader in recruiting, Jason Crowell, director of recruitment at Custom Commodities Transport. Crowell was an adopter of internet and social recruiting long before it became the standard.

Throughout the course of his career, Crowell has found himself at the forefront of the digital recruiting revolution, watching the industry move away from old-school techniques and embrace...


Extra communication efforts go miles to make drivers feel part of a team

It’s always a good time for carriers to implement positive changes to the driver experience. But as National Truck Driver Appreciation Week kicked off on Sunday, now is prime time to make those lasting improvements to show the trucking industry’s most crucial people — drivers — just how much they are valued.

One of the most basic but important ways that a carrier of any size can show how much they value their drivers is actually an effort that doesn’t cost anything: Make drivers feel like...


Empowering drivers and staff alike — Taking The Hire Road

Jeremy Reymer, CEO and founder of DriverReach, is joined on this episode of Taking The Hire Road by a great friend and experienced industry leader, Tracy Rushing, the executive director of safety and HR at R.E. Garrison.

Rushing began her transportation career in 1996, and she said working for Garrison for the last year and a half has been the best trucking profession decision she’s ever made.

Garrison, in business since 1959, is commonly viewed as something of a destination carrier for drivers....


5 ways to increase driver loyalty with rewards programs

While hiring drivers is a continuous pain point for the trucking industry, keeping those drivers is arguably more important and even more difficult to accomplish.

As carriers seek ways to reduce turnover, rewards programs have become a popular way to incentivize drivers to stay. Internal rewards programs are a common way for carriers to recognize employees for hitting certain targets. As in any profession, when drivers are recognized for their hard work, they’re more likely to feel satisfaction...


Growing with Groendyke: Gaining ground in driver recruitment — Taking The Hire Road

On this week’s Taking The Hire Road, Jeremy Reymer, CEO and founder of DriverReach, is joined by a close friend, as well as a DriverReach customer, Amanda Glidewell, recruiting manager at Groendyke Transportation, one of the nation’s largest tank truck carriers.

Glidewell first caught the “recruiting bug” when she worked at a staffing agency around nine years ago. She brought that passion to the transportation industry, joining Groendyke in an HR generalist role before her focus shifted to...


Leading through learning — Taking the Hire Road

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