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7 Truck Driver Appreciation Ideas

By Drive My Way Team on May 13, 2019 11:23:20 AM

One of the biggest complaints from truck drivers is not about salary or benefits, but rather that they don’t feel appreciated by their fleets. Drivers want to feel like an integral part of the team, not just another number or a cog in the machine. National Truck Driver Appreciation Week in September is a great time to set aside and show drivers your appreciation, but it doesn’t have to stop there.

Driver appreciation can and should be a year-round activity. After all, appreciation is a key component of driver retention. So whether you’re a recruiter, dispatcher, fleet manager, or executive, take some time to show your drivers how much you and your company value them. Here are seven truck driver appreciation ideas you can use anytime.

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6 Best Truck Driving Companies to Work For

By Drive My Way Team on May 13, 2019 8:05:15 AM

Truck drivers are constantly bombarded with information by companies about why they are great to work for. They also hear about companies through their reputation with other drivers. Both seasoned drivers and rookies are interested in hearing about the best truck driving companies to work for. The top companies have some of the best salary and compensation, benefits, and other perks. But more importantly, they’ll also prioritize home time, have a strong company culture, and be known for respecting their drivers.

Ultimately, the best companies are the ones that suit the individual needs of drivers, including that of region, type of runs and hauls. Nevertheless, there are some companies that consistently rank high, regardless of preferences. Here are 6 of the best truck driving companies to work for in 2019, in no particular order.

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How to Increase the Quality of CDL Truck Driver Leads

By Drive My Way Team on May 3, 2019 9:28:43 AM

There are two main approaches to recruiting truck drivers in the industry. The first focuses on sheer numbers. Cast as wide a net as possible and you’ll have dozens of potential leads to consider for open jobs. The second focuses on lead quality over quantity. This can be a more time-consuming and tedious process, and you’ll have to narrow the search a bit. Then you focus your efforts on the high-quality applicants to convert them to drivers for your fleet.

There is much to be said about the quality approach, including the fact that it wastes less money and time in the long-run. While we aren’t going to solve the quality versus quantity debate, we do know that there are a few things you can do as a recruiter to increase the quality of your leads. Here are three strategies to focus on to improve truck driver lead quality.

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3 Tips for Recruiting Owner Operators

By Drive My Way Team on May 1, 2019 2:22:39 PM

Working with owner operators in the trucking industry is much different than working with company drivers. If you’re hiring owner operators, the benefits include not having the responsibility of purchasing and maintaining the rigs. Owner operators are also often more experienced drivers and have better safety records. The drawbacks are that it is much more expensive to hire owner operators, with the average salary around $140,000 per year.

Owner operators have different values and personalities than most company drivers. They are more independent, entrepreneurial-minded, and adventurous than the average company driver. Therefore, recruiting owner operators to your company is a whole other ball game from recruiting company drivers. Here are three tips for recruiting owner operators to your fleet.

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4 CDL Truck Driver Retention Strategies

By Drive My Way Team on Apr 29, 2019 11:46:59 AM

Recruiting great drivers is tough enough, but retaining top drivers is even tougher. While the driver shortage is the main obstacle to recruitment, turnover is the reason it is difficult to retain truck drivers. It’s no secret that the industry faces high turnover rates. According to some surveys, over 50% of newly hired drivers will leave their carriers within the first six months. 

Apart from offering higher and higher salaries and compensation packages, the real answer to the turnover problem is driver engagement. Drivers who are engaged with the job and the company are better and safer drivers and are more likely to stick around for longer. Here are four CDL truck driver retention strategies to maximize driver engagement.

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4 Best Ways to Recruit Truck Drivers

By Drive My Way Team on Apr 25, 2019 11:20:46 AM

In an industry like trucking, it can always be difficult to find new talent. This is especially true given the ongoing driver shortage. Recruiters for truck drivers need to constantly use a mix of old and new tactics to search for, select, hire, and then retain truck drivers. Here are some of the best ways to recruit truck drivers using sound practices.

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4 Reasons to Contact Truck Drivers Faster

By Drive My Way Team on Apr 18, 2019 8:39:30 AM

As a recruiter, you get barraged with job applications. The ratio of job applications for each open position can be overwhelming for recruiters to deal with. Sifting through dozens of applications and remembering each and every candidate can be exhausting, not to mention time-consuming.

Yet, it can be extremely helpful to contact truck drivers faster and speed up the hiring process. It goes without saying that if you don’t contact job candidates fast enough, you’ll lose them to someone else. There are also many other reasons to contact truck drivers faster during the hiring process and maintain open lines of communication and dialogue.

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Top 5 Traits of the Best Trucking Jobs

By Drive My Way Team on Apr 15, 2019 12:54:27 PM

What do truck drivers look for in jobs? What are the most important traits to them? These are the questions that pester recruiters in the back of their minds. Recruiters know that there is a driver shortage, and that truck drivers are looking for the best jobs they can find. If drivers aren’t happy then, they will quickly move on to finding another job with another fleet. We’ve written previously about the top factors truck drivers want. Now let’s look at some of the top traits of the best trucking jobs as drivers see them.

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4 Tips for Successful Communication with Drivers

By Drive My Way Team on Apr 10, 2019 10:17:25 AM

Whether you’re recruiting a new batch of drivers for your company or interacting with those who have been with you for years, communication with drivers is important. Successful communication with employees is crucial for any profession but comes with unique challenges in the trucking industry.

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What Do CDL Truck Drivers Want? Here Are 7 Top Factors

By Drive My Way Team on Apr 4, 2019 9:36:02 AM

Given the continual driver shortage, truck drivers have many options in deciding which companies and fleets to work for. Recruiters need to constantly differentiate themselves from other firms when interacting with job prospects. Recruiters are constantly guessing about how much drivers will care about different factors when weighing job options. Data from Drive My Way's database revealed some interesting factors which CDL truck drivers care about when looking for a CDL trucking job.

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Top 7 Reasons Truck Drivers Decline Jobs

By Drive My Way Team on Apr 3, 2019 11:04:26 AM

Just like any other employees, truck drivers consider a variety of factors when deciding which company to work for. Some factors are obvious, such as compensation and benefits. Some other factors may surprise you. As a recruiter, you may think that you've all but sealed the deal on a new candidate but then they end up declining the job. Drivers may not be open with you about why they declined the job, but it is useful for recruiters to have this information.

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5 Tips to Recruit Millennial Truck Drivers

By Drive My Way Team on Mar 29, 2019 3:09:03 PM

The driver shortage is in full force. The average age of truck drivers is nearing closer and closer to retirement age, with more drivers leaving the industry. Meanwhile, competition from the ride-share industry continues. That means that drivers can get lured into working for Lyft or Uber which may offer better pay or benefits. Due to these factors, many recruiters are looking to hire from a younger pool of candidates.

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6 Components To Include in a Driver Engagement Survey

By Drive My Way Team on Mar 15, 2019 9:27:17 AM

Employee surveys are becoming a popular and strong way to measure the engagement and satisfaction with the job. Surveys can help get an idea of employee performance and retention. Other surveys will help employers understand their drivers better and get a sense of what is important to them.

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Reach More Truck Drivers with Digital Marketing

By Drive My Way Team on Mar 14, 2019 9:53:13 AM

Digital marketing is changing the landscape of how to effectively reach, attract, and convert drivers to a company. Today’s technology allows for new possibilities in marketing that were unthinkable only a few years ago. Using the latest digital marketing techniques can make it easier to reach more drivers, capture their attention, and start the recruitment process.

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7 Truck Driver Stats Every Employer Should Know

By Drive My Way Team on Mar 14, 2019 7:34:34 AM

“Know your audience” is one of the key mantras of the business world now, regardless of which industry or market one is in. Truck drivers are the lifeblood of the transportation industry. They literally connect the industry’s different players together through the mobile nature of their workers.

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4 Tips for Recruiting Truck Drivers

By Drive My Way Team on Feb 28, 2019 9:12:48 AM

Given the shortage of drivers currently facing the truck industry, there’s a constant need to keep recruiting truck drivers. While hiring, training and retaining drivers over the long-term is crucially important, and presents its own challenges, it all begins with recruitment of the right candidates.

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4 Mistakes to Avoid For Your Next Truck Driver Hire

By Drive My Way Team on Feb 28, 2019 7:48:22 AM

Recruiting drivers in the trucking industry can present unique difficulties, and we’ve previously covered some helpful tips to improve recruitment. Let’s also take a look at some common mistakes to avoid for your next truck driver hire.

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Truck Driver Leads: The Importance of Quality Over Quantity

By Drive My Way Team on Feb 27, 2019 7:47:17 AM

With the driver shortage lurking over recruiters every day, it's easy for them to fall into the trap of wanting to generate as many truck driver leads as possible. However, a "quality over quantity" strategy should apply now more than ever.

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Avoid These 4 Mistakes to Attract and Retain Women Truck Drivers

By Drive My Way Team on Feb 13, 2019 12:59:52 PM

The amount of organizations across the nation that are striving to attract and retain women truck drivers will only continue to increase. However, in order to achieve this, employers must make a few changes to how they are approaching recruiting women truckers.

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Are Bad Dispatchers Contributing to the Truck Driver Shortage?

By Drive My Way Team on Feb 12, 2019 7:59:30 AM

Organizations across the country are rethinking their hiring and retention strategies for truck drivers. They are revamping benefit programs. They are making sure their compensation is competitive in the market. They are putting bonus and incentive programs in place.

But what about taking a closer look at the relationship between dispatchers and drivers?

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3 Reasons Truck Drivers Leave CDL Trucking Jobs

By Drive My Way Team on Feb 11, 2019 7:47:25 AM

For the last several years, employers across the country are trying to reverse the problem and understand why truck drivers leave CDL trucking jobs. The truck driver shortage has caused employers to constantly reevaluate and improve how they attract, hire, and retain truck drivers. An abundance of effort, time, and money is often spent to find and hire a few drivers, so when that driver leaves, the employer wonders if all of that effort was just a waste of time and money.

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Upgrading Fleet Amenities: A New Way to Attract Truck Drivers

By Drive My Way Team on Jan 24, 2019 1:57:22 PM

A great way for companies to stay competitive in today's hiring market is to offer unique benefits that prove to drivers that they are willing to go above and beyond.

Companies can stand out from the competition by investing in fleet amenity upgrades in order to create a more comfortable, home-like atmosphere in the cab.

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Want to Fix the Truck Driver Shortage? It Takes More Than Hiring More Drivers

By Drive My Way Team on Jan 22, 2019 3:41:00 PM

Truck driver shortage increases are continuing to cause pain for companies across the United States. Currently, the shortage of truck drivers throughout the country is up to 48,000 and is only expected to continue to increase, estimated to reach 175,000 by 2024.

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3 Tips to Attract, Hire, and Retain Truck Drivers

By Drive My Way Team on Jan 21, 2019 1:35:11 PM

It is no surprise that America has been struggling with a truck driver shortage over the past few years. Now more than ever, companies need to reevaluate their recruiting and retention strategies for finding and keeping qualified drivers that meet the needs of their jobs.

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