One of the worst things about working for someone else is finding out that the company is not that great to work for and you find this out after you’ve gone through all of the required training and have made a significant time investment with the company.
You have a choice to put up with the issues, which could be as minor as being an annoyance or which could be as dangerous as losing your life because the company does not abide by safety regulations.
Finding the Best Flatbed Trucking Company to Work For
When you look for a job, take the time to research the company and learn about its record. Check into the company’s safety record, how long they retain employees, why employees leave, if possible, whether the company takes care of its trucks and more.
These are questions that you can ask the potential employer during your interview. Hopefully, the employer will answer those questions truthfully. Though the employer cannot divulge specific reasons attached to specific people as to why they left the company, the employer can tell you that a person left because of personal reasons, because someone found a better-paying job or because a driver left because that person didn’t think the trucks were well-maintained.
If you get a response like that, simply have the employer explain to you the maintenance schedule. You might also ask more questions about truck maintenance, for example, how often trucks are thoroughly audited by the company and what the procedure is when the truck breaks down on the road.
You may also want to check into how often the company upgrades its equipment and how many technicians the company uses to maintain its fleet of trucks.
Additional questions should include pay, whether hourly or per mile; health and dental benefits; the type of health care available; retirement-matching; vacation and sick days; and other administrative questions.
How Employers Can Cut Turnover and Make the Company Better
If your company does not offer a minimum of some reasonable number of sick days and vacation, you might not be the best company to work for. If you have low rates for your drivers or pay your technicians a low wage, you could be asking for high turnover. One of the things you can do to make your company attractive to drivers and technicians is to pay your employees a wage that is in line with other trucking companies that are the same size as you.
Bonuses and extras such as holiday parties, an acknowledgment of an employee’s birthday, retirement matching all say that you care about your employees and helps keep moral up. And, it also helps keep turnover low.
You don’t have to get crazy with the extras: Employees will appreciate any acknowledgment of their good work, even just a word of praise that is heartfelt.
The other way to cut employee turnover and to make potential employees want to work at your company is to tell the truth about the job opening. You need to explain about working conditions – good and bad, break times and hours the person is expected to work. Don’t tell someone they’ll get 40 hours and then cut the hours because a relative will come in and work for free. Likewise, don’t tell a potential employee that he or she might get overtime “once in a while,” and then expect them to work overtime every day. If the job requires overtime, be sure that is what the employee wants.
Create an Awards System
Creating an awards system to reward employees also goes a long way to being the best flatbed trucking company or other trucking company to work for. You might acknowledge an employee for having the best driving record that month. You might recognize a technician for completing all work on time and keeping the trucks safe and on the road. Rewards can be something as simple as writing that employee’s name on a notice board, giving out a plaque, or if money permits, giving that employee a gift.
An employee doesn’t like having to switch truck driving jobs. That means learning new routes, waiting at least two weeks for the next paycheck, getting used to a new boss, making friends with new co-workers and more. For some people, this is nothing, yet others prefer to stay in one place.
Employees should not be unrealistic in their expectations for a job or career. As long as employers are within reason with pay and benefits, adhere to safety regulations and ensure that the trucks are kept in good shape, you’ve got a great employer to work for.
The best thing you can do in the interview – for both parties – is to outline your expectations so that you know that you, as an employer, are getting a great employee; and you, as an employee, know that you just chose the best trucking or flatbed company to work for.