Our last two blog posts have broken down best practices for job ads and what drivers are looking for in the market. However, what causes a driver to be hesitant about a certain position? This week we focus on the difficulty of hiring team drivers.
Are you wondering why it has been such a struggle to get candidates for these types of positions despite the higher pay? We've got answers.
Think about it, would you want to sleep while a stranger is driving you along your route? What type of person are they? Do they get tired easily while driving? What is their driving history? Do they get road rage? How do they handle poor weather conditions?
When a driver hits the road, they are confident in their ability to handle the obstacles the route might bring. However, asking someone to confidently say the same for someone they just met can be difficult.
We surveyed a large pool of drivers and asked them what was the biggest hesitation in applying for a teams position. The number one answer was safety.
Yes, increasing pay and benefits will help gain interest. However, not every driver can move past their fears. Don't worry, there are plenty of policies you can put in place to put their concerns to rest.
Do you thoroughly vet your potential hires? Background checks? Mental health evaluations? Driving records? Drug testing? Here are a few requirements you can implement to make potential applicants more open to team driving.
A lot of companies have extensive background checks as a mandatory requirement for being hired. Does yours? If not, this is highly suggested so your company can be sure that the candidate can be trusted.
If this is already a requirement in your company, make it aware to your drivers. Some companies run 10-year background checks on their drivers to ensure they know exactly who they are hiring. However, if you don't remind applicants that their possible team partner has been vetted, they may be discouraged from applying.
Mental Health Evaluations
Truck drivers, especially those who drive long-haul routes, are faced with many mental health-related risks attributed to the transportation industry. Long work hours, fatigue, lack of home time, pressures due to demands and so much more. A study on occupational stressors and the mental health of truckers found that job-related factors such as constant time pressures and social isolation were found to lead drivers to substance abuse and cause them psychological and emotional distress.
Having potential hires pass mental health evaluations will help the applicant, their team driver, and your company as a whole. The mental state of a driver getting behind the wheel is just as important as them passing a background check. Failing to check on the mental state of drivers before operating your vehicles could put your company, truck, and employees at high risk.
With safety in mind, there's nothing more settling to a potential candidate than knowing their team partner has a good driving record.
Requiring that applicants must have clean driving records will assure that they can trust the driving capabilities of their potential partner. For example, making it a requirement that the applicants must have no accidents, misdemeanors, or DUIs within a certain time span. In addition, your company could limit the speed the drivers are allowed to drive in your trucks.
Wondering how to add these requirements to your job description? Here are some bullet point examples of how it's done.
- No reckless/aggressive driving
- Driving 15 MPH + over the speed Limit or 80MPH + will not be tolerated
- Drivers must pass a pre-employment drug screen, background check & DOT physical
- All drivers must pass background checks for both drivers' safety
- Clean Motor Vehicle Record - No accidents, misdemeanors, or DUIs within the last 5 years
- No tolerance involving consumption OR possession of illegal or intoxicating substances
- No involvement in a major preventable accident in the past 3 years
- No more than 2 Motor Vehicle Record infractions/violations in the past 3 years
Now that we've shown you how to ease potential drivers' concerns with team driving, we hope you implement at least some of these policies into your company's job ads. If you already have some of these in place, be sure to make drivers aware.