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2018 National Truck Driver Appreciation Week: Reduce Risk and Boost Engagement (Sep. 9th–15th)

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week will be here before you know it! This year the festivities kick off on September 9, 2018, and continue through September 15. If your company is looking for ways to help celebrate your road warriors, then you’re in luck!


Topics: Appreciation, Employee Recognition, Transportation

Quiz: Employee Engagement in the Transportation Industry

Over the past several weeks, we’ve talked a lot about employee engagement in the transportation sector. Did you catch it all? You can find out by taking our 10-question quiz below.


Topics: Safety, Employee Engagement, Transportation

Employee Engagement Increases Profit, Productivity in the Transportation Industry

To be profitable, companies within the transportation industry must run like a well-oiled machine. Unfortunately, the sector is filled with challenges that can wreak havoc on efficiency — rain and snow storms prevent planes from taking off, hazardous road conditions cause unscheduled detours, and workplace distractions can result in reduced productivity, or worse, on-the-job accidents.

Luckily, companies can improve their profit, productivity, and safety through employee engagement. But, before we dive into the solution, let’s take a look at the unique challenges facing the transportation industry.


Topics: Employee Engagement, Transportation, Boosting Productivity

Employee Engagement Improves Turnover in Transportation Industry

Rapidly changing weather. Dangerous driving conditions. Near-constant road work.    

The transportation industry faces many challenges on a daily basis, but one of their biggest lies in employee turnover. While turnover impacts every industry, none feel its effects quite as much as those in transportation. To illustrate this, we need to look no further than the trucking sector, which experiences an unprecedented amount of turnover annually. The good news is there are proven steps any organization can take to reduce churn, but before we get into specific actions, let’s take a closer look at the problem.


Topics: Employee Engagement, Employee Recognition, turnover, Transportation

Employee Engagement Reduces Driver Distraction, Crashes and Fatalities in Transportation Industry

The clothes that keep us warm. The groceries that give us strength. The medicine that keeps us healthy. Without workers in the transportation industry, how would we get the basics that sustain our lives? Life would be far more difficult, and for many, impossible. Transportation workers keep us safe, and shouldn’t we do the same for them?

Unfortunately, the transportation industry is among the most dangerous on Earth, with thousands of Americans dying each year as a result. The good news is there are steps we can take to create a safer working environment, and it all begins with employee engagement and recognition. But before we start analyzing solutions, it’s important we outline the problem.


Topics: Employee Engagement, Employee Recognition, Transportation

Employee Engagement in the Transportation Industry: Where the Rubber Meets the Road

Our blog series on how to engage workers in the transportation industry has come to a close, and we hope that you received valuable insight regarding how to engage your drivers. While our focus was specifically targeted to the transportation industry, we also recognize that the shared ideas and tips could ultimately be applied to all industries. Employee engagement, no matter the specifics of how it is achieved, is a universal factor in every organization. What do I mean by that? Well, let’s take a look at where the rubber meets the road on some of the key takeaways of this series regarding employee engagement in the transportation industry.

Employee Engagement in the Transportation Industry

Showing true appreciation to your employees and workforce can start with small, intentional steps, and later build into a comprehensive, overall employee engagement strategy. If you're aiming to implement employee appreciation and recognition into your organizational focus, you may begin with these simple steps:  


Topics: Employee Engagement, Transportation

5 Ways Fleet Owners Can Increase Driver Engagement

Editor's Note: The following blog post was written by Chuck Melton, Owner of Melton Technologies. MTI is a leading provider of trucking software, covering all aspects of fleet management operations, from dispatch operations to billing and settlements to maintenance and driver compliance.

In this blog, Mr. Melton describes how the transportation industry has evolved and why it is mission critical to focus on engaging your drivers. 

Today's Truck Driver

The trucking industry is facing a multitude of issues in 2015, but that’s not so unusual when you look at the past. My entire career has been spent both in the trucking industry or serving the trucking industry, and at the risk of dating myself, I have seen some major changes over the years.


Topics: Employee Engagement, Transportation

Transportation: An Industry with Unique Employee Recognition Needs

Editor's Note: This blog post was originally published in December 2014. Because we have recently published new blog posts regarding the Transportation industry, we feel it is advantageous to republish this blog post for easy accessibility and reference. 

The Current State of the Transportation Industry

The transportation industry has been hit hard over the past few years and still continues to climb from the recession. During the recession, issues such as retaining drivers, driver safety, and fuel prices were forefront issues of every transportation company in America. 

Now that the economy has begun to turnaround, and the industry realizes that there is potential for an epic transportation comeback, logistics companies are having to get creative in how they recruit, retain, train, and compensate drivers that no longer want to be over the road.

The business of delivering goods is incredibly fragmented among big and small trucking companies, shippers, and receivers. The supply chain has to work in tandem to yield glitch-free deliveries. Recognizing truck drivers for working in cohesion with all the other pieces and parts of the supply chain will ultimately drive sales and profits.


Topics: Employee Recognition, Transportation

Can an Instant Awards Program Work in the Transportation Industry? Yes, Here's How

Editor's Note: This blog post was originally published in December 2014. Because we have recently published new blog posts regarding the Transportation industry, we feel it is advantageous to republish this blog post for easy accessibility and reference. 

The Need to Reward Safety

Over the past few years, major changes have occurred in the Transportation Industry. CSA 2010 Carrier Safety Scores are now publically available for shippers looking to hire safe and reliable carriers, as well as for drivers looking to compare potential employers. As a result, trucking companies with the highest safety scores are in the highest demand. Many trucking companies have had to find new ways to reward safe drivers and motivate truck drivers who have low scores.

Instant Award Recognition is one of the newest and most effective motivators in the market today. It is an instant reward for safe behaviors and a job well done. It is also simple to use and offers a way, with low administrative overhead, to recognize drivers.


Topics: Safety, Employee Recognition, Instant Award Recognition, Transportation, Employee Recognition Strategies

Integrating ELDs with Employee Recognition for Truck Drivers

This blog post is the 4th in a series of five blog posts about creating driver engagement.

The Benefits of ELDs

Every year technology continues to improve. One area of recent improvement in the transportation industry is the creation and implementation of Electronic Logging Devices. ELDs are electronic devices that are capable of recording a driver's driving hours and duty status. ELDs are expected to be mandated for all carriers as early as January 2017.

The implementation of ELDs is good news for carriers. The Aberdeen Group sites that carriers with ELDs:

  • Cut Operating Costs by 10%
  • Reduced Vehicle Downtime by 15%
  • Improved Vehicle Utilization by 13%


Topics: Employee Recognition, Transportation

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