With current compensation based on miles driven, matters can be complicated when drivers are found waiting hours waiting to get into shipping ports or waiting for services to be performed in the event of a breakdown.
To attain attract new recruits and retain current drivers, a growing list of operators are increasing pay. These motor carriers are implementing policies such as a guaranteed annual salary to provide a consistent income regardless of the amount of miles traveled, as well as additional compensation and bonuses. Other companies are improving per-mile pay for drivers with pay increases as experience grows.
According to Transport Topics, 60% of carriers in the Trends in Truckload Recruitment and Retention survey said they have raised their cents-per-mile pay. What's more, over 50% have implemented performance bonuses and about 11% are implementing a guaranteed weekly wage. Less than 10% said they had not raised compensation levels. No one in the survey expected salaries to decline.
Keep current drivers healthy. In the results of a study that interviewed 1,670 drivers about their health and work practices, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) found long-haul truckers were twice as likely to be obese compared to the adult working population.
If a driver can get such conditions under control, it will improve their entire life.
Additionally, it was determined that long-haul truckers are more likely to smoke tobacco and suffer from other risk factors for chronic disease. Of this group, it was determined that 69% were obese, 54% smoked, and 88% reported having at least one risk factor (hypertension, smoking, obesity) for chronic disease.
To retain talent and foster rapport, several carriers have invested in driver health and wellness programs. For example, Schneider offers a range of services to drivers including a “nurse line” to call into, physical therapy, lifestyle and wellness coaching, screening and treatment program for obstructive sleep apnea, and access to fitness centers and walking trails at many of the carrier’s facilities.
“If a driver can get such conditions under control, it will improve their entire life,” says Christine Schneider, Health and Wellness Manager in an interview with Truckinginfo. Although it is difficult to find the true ROI of the program, "...we all share the road together. Helping improve driver health and wellness is the right thing to do.”