In just about any industry, the ability of a company to provide great perks and benefits to its employees is vital to attract and retain talent as time goes on. However, the world of professional trucking is not exactly like other sectors, and drivers often seek out benefits that are unique to their profession, in addition to some of the more common ones seen elsewhere.
With that in mind, it's a good idea for drivers and managers alike to get a clear picture of the trends around these issues and do more to meet employee expectations. That certainly includes the following:
1) Pay and time at home are the two biggest issues
When asked to rank their preferred benefits on a scale from 1 to 5 (with 5 being the most highly valued), truckers were unequivocal about what they viewed as the most pressing issues, according to a recent survey from the PrePass Safety Alliance. Nos. 1 and 2 ran neck and neck: Pay was the top concern with an average rating of 4.18, just ahead of the 4.17 rating garnered by "time at home/flex hours."
2) Drivers highly value the ability to skip weigh stations
Ranking No. 3 on this list, even ahead of health insurance (which had an average of 3.61) and retirement planning and assistance (2.81), was for employers to provide weigh station bypass service, the PrePass Safety Alliance found. This service carried an average rating of 4.07 in terms of importance to truckers. Other issues drivers cited were internet access (fifth, at 3.43), life insurance (sixth, 2.92), and team driving or rider policies (seventh, 2.72), among others.
3) Health is an issue
Meanwhile, it should come as little surprise that drivers want to take better care of themselves, and the right coverage could be critical. A recent survey from the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association Foundation showed that the average trucker today is a 58-year-old man who is 5-foot-10 and weighs about 225 pounds. That means most truckers are at least overweight or obese. Furthermore, 53% are on regular prescriptions for chronic health issues like high blood pressure or cholesterol, as well as diabetes.
4) More work, please
Another major problem nearly a quarter of drivers face is companies' failure to offer enough miles or loads, and the same share felt there was no clear path forward in their careers, the latest annual survey of drivers from the Commercial Carrier Journal showed. In addition, 21% of drivers said they would be tempted to switch employers if they were given their choice of routes and hauls.
5) Better treatment is preferred
Finally, anyone who has spent time dealing with truckers will often learn that they don't always feel respected or taken care of in the job, and the latest findings bears that out, CCJ noted. For instance, 53% of drivers say they're not respected or treated as part of their team, and 19% indicated they don't get access to high-quality equipment or trucks. Almost one-fifth of drivers said they would switch employers if they felt they would get due appreciation for their hard work.
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