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How Companies are Still Filling Empty Cabs? Part-2

How Companies are Still Filling Empty Cabs? Part-2

The American Trucking Association released a report in November last year that it is not possible for 9 out of 10 fore hire truckload carriers to find drivers that meet the conditions laid down by the Department of Transportation (DOT). The current trend is that the moving industry has a shortage of more than 25,000 drivers due to this reason. At the same time, the Trucking Activity report from ATA for the quarter ending September 2012 found that there was a dramatic spike in driver turnover.

However, many of the moving companies are still able to thrive beyond this national trend and retain skilled talent. They are using some effective techniques that enable them to fight this trend.

One way the moving companies are retaining drivers is by keeping them busy round the clock. This could also lead to going beyond the normal moving or storage services. For example, some of the companies have trained their drivers in computer networking skills, which comes of use when companies need to move their offices to new locations.

These successful carriers have created special training programs to give a direction to their drivers’ career path. This begins with basic initial training for learning the company culture followed by close mentoring by seniors. Drivers are promoted only after more hand-on experience and training. Clear career paths are created to let drivers know what they need to do for moving to the higher level and earning more.

Many of these companies have also introduced recognitions and rewards for appreciating the work and achievements of their drivers. Some of them are honoring their drivers for achieving minimal safety mileage. Others are offering incentives for more during busy seasons. Then, others awarded them gift cards for achieving clear roadside inspections.

In addition, there are many other strategies being implemented by moving companies to thrive and succeed against the national trend.