Truck business is developing rapidly and with each year the problem of truck drivers shortage become worse. What are the reasons why growing numbers of experienced truck drivers quitting vocation?
At first sight, it may seem that the trucking job is easy. However, the first impression is deceptive in this case. Motorways, blaring radio with soulful songs, limitless horizons - life on the road is much less romantic and easy than we used to think of it.
Here are the 5 main reasons why truck drivers are leaving their jobs:
1) Money isn’t always an issue
Obviously, potential financial gains are often the number one argument for changing a workplace. Sufficient wages, good health coverage and other benefits play a huge role in the decision to stay on “truck”. When looking at the financial gains, it is also important to look at the whole package rather than the pure salary that is being provided. In fact, we have spoken to one trucker who’s been with the same employee for over 10 years now as they are helping him to pay for his kids’ swimming lessons. Such a tailor-made benefits programme can really make a difference for specific individuals.
However, surprisingly money it is not the main problem.
2) Not enough home time
Even though money is the default motivator for the most of the decisions in this world, practically half of the left truck drivers highlight that not enough time at home was the main reason to quit. Unpredictability, shortness and infrequency of time that truck drivers can spend with their families at home is usually the most frequent complaint in every trucking company.
3) Relationship with a Supervisor
The relationship between boss and employee is very complicated from many points of view. For truck driver his supervisor is the number one connection with the company, that is why it is so crucial for him to feel bonded and comfortable. A bad relationship between a supervisor and a truck driver is another reason for the driver to leave the job.
4) Nobody likes being underpaid
As we all know, when it comes to money - transparency and dialogue are very important.
With a shortage of drivers, our industry is currently experiencing, complaints of being underpaid by the drivers are also on a rise. In response, businesses should pay a more attention to explaining to drivers how every hour is being paid for and every detention is being accounted for.
Electronic payroll systems and transparent remuneration and bonus schemes can help to reduce the impact of this issue.
5) Rewards and recognition
Every company should think about the way with which they can reward the drivers who stay with them for a long period of time. Nobody wants to spend a whole life at the job that has no opportunities for advancement, even if the wage and other working conditions are perfect. It is very important to know that future holds something better, even though the changes will be small they really do matter.