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Ensure your workforce feels valued

9/19/2022

Showing truck drivers they are secure, and offering them job security, will in most cases give them a higher sense of value than anything else when it comes to work.

People who feel valued in their jobs tend to feel more secure. As a result, they're more likely to stay and work hard. It also works the other way around. If an employee feels secure in their job, they feel valued.

Truck driving is a very autonomous and independent job. That means it's that much more important to make sure that drivers feel valued and appreciated. It also means it can be more challenging to show that appreciation. Showing truck drivers they are secure, and offering them job security, will in most cases give them a higher sense of value than anything else when it comes to work.

An article by Better Up also reports that employees want to be treated as humans first, employees second. This may seem obvious, but it's a practice that can easily be forgotten as day-to-day operations take over.

Signs of job security
How can you show an employee they have job security, aside from the obvious way of telling them they're secure in their jobs? Invest in them. This means you can offer training or education through workshops and classes. If you show truckers that you're willing to contribute to their improvement, it will show them that you intend to keep them around and want to share in their growth.

You can also provide advancement opportunities and feedback. If an employee is putting in solid work, consider a raise or promotion, even if it's incremental. Again, this will show the employee that you are invested in them staying with the company. Indeed suggests establishing mentorships and building relationships as a way to show employees they are secure. Though this is more challenging with truck drivers, you might consider setting up a program with new drivers and more senior drivers to allow for mentorship and general bonding. Because they work independently, they might not form those important relationships that are vital to a positive working environment. Get creative and see what the employees are up for.

How to show employees you care
The foundation of showing employees that you care is through listening. What is it that can make this person's day-to-day better? Are they feeling stressed or burned out? Are they struggling mentally or feeling unmotivated? Knowing the answer to these questions can make sure you are providing the resources they need.

Alternatively, we see the other end of the spectrum with management trying to drum up motivation or inspiration through pizza parties or exercises that frustrate employees. The pizza parties mean nothing if their needs aren't being met, and it can feel tone deaf or frivolous.

Before you try to boost morale that way, consider carving out time to talk to employees one-on-one and listen to how you can best support them. It may seem simple, but that doesn't make it any less effective.

Once you feel like you've established a positive base with employees, have shown your support, and they seem to be comfortable voicing their concerns, then bring in all the pizza you want!

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