In a driver drought not expected to end anytime soon, the industry is examining its recruitment and retention strategies. Companies across the board are looking to not only find solid employees, but to keep them once they’ve become well-trained, experienced drivers.
In fact, a recent survey by HireRight on employee recruiting and retention practices in the transportation industry showed 59 percent of respondents reported finding, retaining and developing talent was their top business challenge. It got more than twice as many responses as any other challenge. The report also estimates that across all industries, the average number of new drivers needed per year over the next 10 years is 96,178.
The 2016 Transportation Spotlight report also found that 41 percent of drivers are leaving to spend more time at home and 21 percent are leaving due to health issues, prompting companies to take a closer look at wellness and lifestyle programs to increase retention, recognizing the positive effects they can play in retaining drivers.