As a record-breaking number of nominations are rolling in for the ninth annual Best Fleets to Drive For survey produced by CarriersEdge in partnership with the Truckload Carriers Association, CarriersEdge is revealing initial survey results. These show drivers value high-quality equipment; a responsive, thorough maintenance department; and schedules and routes that assure off-duty time at home.
“We are just more than halfway through the nomination period for 2017 and have already received as many nominations as we normally see during the entire program,” said Jane Jazrawy, chief executive officer of CarriersEdge. “We believe this rate of response indicates an increasing number of fleets are working hard to make sure their drivers are happy. The drivers turning in the nominations are very eager to tell us why they prefer working for their company.”
The Best Fleets to Drive For award was launched in 2008 by CarriersEdge as a service to the industry, and the 2017 nomination period runs until October 31, 2016.
Initial survey results indicate that drivers want a “family atmosphere” where they have a say in the development of policies and operational practices. Honest, open management, including many comments about “taking the time to listen” to drivers were also noted as important to many drivers.
Of the 5,300 driver surveys received in 2016 for the eighth annual event, only 28% of respondents indicated pay was something that needed to be improved, Jazrawy said. That reference, however was not just about wages; it also included other pay issues, such as better pay for non-driving work, like waiting at the border, or working on holidays.
Now in its ninth year, the Best Fleets to Drive For program accepts nominations of carriers by one of their drivers. Management at a nominated carrier then completes a questionnaire about all departments in a company, and participates in an interview. The next step is to survey a portion of each nominated company’s drivers. In late January, CarriersEdge and TCA announce the Top 20 Best Fleets to Drive For and then reveal two overall winners from among the Top 20 at the TCA Convention in March.
Click here to receive a nomination form for the 2017 Best Fleets To Drive For survey.
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