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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:  

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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%

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Topics: Employee Recognition, Transportation

How Much Does a Truck Accident Cost a Company?

This blog post is the 3rd in a series of five blog posts about creating driver engagement.

When exploring the total cost of a truck accident and how it can affect your company, we need to explore past the basic surface costs, as the answer to this question is much deeper than you may realize. First, we have to recognize that there are many types of costs associated with an accident, starting with visible (direct) costs and hidden (indirect) costs. Further, there are human, psychological, and environmental costs which not only impact your workforce but our total economy, too. 

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Topics: Safety, Transportation

8 Ways to Recognize & Engage Employees Who are on the Road

This blog post is the 2nd in a series of five blog posts about creating driver engagement.

Driving and achieving employee engagement with employees that predominately work outside of the office or over the road is a tough task to accomplish, but is very feasible to attain. Specifically regarding employee engagement in the transportation industry, it just takes a little more effort.

Communication is the Key to Driver Engagement

Start by making a conscious effort to touch base with and engage employees, at least once per week, to see how their week is going and if there is anything you can do serve their overall work performance. When your employees see that communication efforts are being made and they're being engaged in a meaningful conversation, they will feel as though their best interests, contributions, and work performance matter to senior management and the company as a whole.

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Topics: Employee Engagement, Transportation

Driver Engagement & Technology: Logging Safe Driving Hours

This blog post is the 1st in a series of five blog posts about creating driver engagement.

The Role of Technology in Driver Engagement

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulates organizations based on the hours of service (HOS) that are placed on drivers to prevent accidents caused by driver fatigue and to ensure that proper protocol is being followed regarding hours spent on the road. Manual log books have long been the way drivers have been expected to account for their duty status. However, with the advent of new technologies such as electronic on-board recorders (EOBR), most of the responsibility has been taken off of the driver while making the duty status process less susceptible to falsification.

This shift is a great thing for all parties involved, right?

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Topics: Safety, Employee Engagement, Transportation

Driver Retention: How a Recognition Program Can Help

Transportation industry leaders have been facing a colossal problem with driver retention. Depending on company size, driver turnover is currently between 75-90%. We must ask the question: why is truck driver retention so low?

Driver and Dispatch Alignment

A driver's job requires close interaction with a dispatcher. The primary reason for the mass exodus is that drivers are unhappy with the company alignment. Studies have shown that when dispatchers and drivers properly align, the level of driver satisfaction increases. As well, a cohesive company culture is created. When the roles of a driver and dispatcher are misaligned, drivers tend to feel like the dispatchers don't respect them or their time, which leads to feelings of company isolation and low employee retention.

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Topics: Employee Recognition, Transportation, Employee Recognition Strategies

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