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7 ways to manage truckers' schedules more effectively

7/1/2021

7 ways to manage truckers' schedules more effectively

One of the biggest reasons truckers may quit their jobs these days is burnout, and a major contributor to that feeling of exhaustion and frustration relates to scheduling. Many truckers — particularly new ones — may feel they're being required to burn the candle at both ends. For that reason, companies would be wise to make sure they manage drivers' schedules more effectively.

The following steps should help you do just that:

1) Make the schedules predictable

Drivers probably don't like when they have to change their schedules with great frequency; it can disrupt home time and make it difficult to keep performing at a high level, according to Landair. As such, you should strive to ensure schedules stay relatively normal and even over time. Such consistency allows drivers to more effectively plan for whatever is coming up next.

2) Provide a mix of driving-distance options

If you can, it may also be helpful for drivers to have a variety of routes to pick from depending on what their life demands at any given time, Landair added. While everyone likely wants to be sleeping in their own beds every night, and some drivers prefer a life on the road, a variety of short-, middle-, and long-distance schedules can be seen as a highly valuable job perk.

3) Make sure you're planning together

One thing truckers — or any other worker, for that matter — don't care for is having their schedule dictated to them with little to no input, according to ATBS. While you certainly can't give everyone the exact schedules they want every month, you should be able to talk to drivers about their preferences and try to accommodate them.

4) Leverage technology

When you use technology to help both dispatchers and your drivers understand timelines and scheduling needs, everyone will be better off, ATBS said. That's because you're not pushing people to the limit of what they can reasonably achieve.

5) Ensure plenty of home time

Again, some drivers may get home and be eager to go right back out on the road, but most would like at least a few days of home time before they're back on duty, according to Trucking Info. The more you can do to be flexible about how much home time they take, the more appreciative those drivers are likely to be.

6) Be in communication

It's always a good idea to avoid springing schedule surprises on drivers at the last minute, Trucking Info noted. While these instances are sometimes unavoidable, for the most part, you likely have routes scheduled weeks in advance, and giving drivers a longer lead time can help them feel like you have their best interests in mind.

7) Be fair and appreciative

Likewise, it's important to make sure all your drivers are being treated fairly (with some preferential treatment given to long-standing drivers) and that you're not  doing them any favors, Trucking Info further advised. The world of transport is highly competitive right now, and drivers want to feel as though they're always treated right.

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