There are many ideas to try to cut turnover for truck drivers and keep retention at a high level. But one area driver retention efforts often overlooked is stress. Stress is normal and happens to everyone at some point or another. But the things that cause stress for truck drivers are often cited as a reason they leave for another company. It stands to reason then that reducing driver stress will increase driver retention.
Stress is defined as “a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances”. What stresses out one driver may not be a huge stressor for another, but if you ask enough drivers, a common pattern of stressors will almost always emerge.
In trucking, stress usually comes from a few areas. Dispatch, delivery delays, and traffic are just a few of the most common stressors a driver faces each day on the job. Some of these you can help fix, some of them you can’t. But what you can do is try to help reduce stress in general for all of your drivers and support team.
Things that can help drivers avoid or mitigate stress at work are:
Focus on what you can do to help drivers reduce their stress level and you’ll help increase driver retention. Your drivers will not only be more likely to stick around, but they’ll be happier as well.
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