Truck Driver Appreciation Week is upon us, so if you aren’t yet prepared it is time to figure out how to show your thanks to your drivers and support team. While you might settle on just getting everyone some stuff this late in the game, or if you are already thinking about next year, that doesn’t mean that stuff has to be junk.
There is nothing wrong with buying objects for your drivers if those objects have practical value. Hats are cool and all, but if they already have six hats, why bother? Gift cards are useful, but only if a driver has time to stop at that store or restaurant. The key is to be both thoughtful AND practical when it comes to showing your appreciation with gifts.
You need to know your drivers, first and foremost. If you don’t, you can’t quite grasp their wants and needs on the road. Because once you know what drivers could actually use on the road, you can think of something practical to get them. But it’s important to know that whatever you get should also last a while. Your drivers have put in a lot of miles for you; your gifts should do the same.
So what do we mean by both practical and thoughtful?
Here are a few examples you could use:
These are just a few ideas you could kick around to show your appreciation. You could also just ask your drivers. Pooling their recommendations alone is a sign that you’re willing to show that you care and reward drivers for all of their hard work. But if you’re going for object gifts, be both thoughtful and practical at the same time. Your drivers will be grateful for both.
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