As most in the trucking industry are aware, elevated driver turn-over rates can become rather disconcerting and frustrating, especially when you work so hard to bring a new driver on-board, only to have them resign after just a few weeks or months with the company.
Let’s face it. Truthfully, it costs an employer a significant amount of overhead and out-of-pocket expense just to get a new driver through the doors–shelling out for things like DOT physicals, lodging, transportation, food allowances, orientation pay, etc. So, the last thing you want as an employer is to lose a driver after that initial investment has been made.
That then raises the age-old question of, “Why do drivers leave a company, anyway?”
Some would argue that drivers are constantly searching for the “perfect” job, always thinking that the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. Although this may be true in many cases, my recruiting experience leads me to believe that there is another looming reason why drivers “move on” so soon after they are hired.
On countless occasions, while speaking with potential drivers about what Davis Express has to offer, I hear it over and over again…
“I’m looking for another job because I was lied to by a recruiter. They made a lot of promises, but didn’t keep them.”
So, I am a firm believer that while not all, a certain percentage of the industry’s higher turn-over rates are due to dishonest recruiters.
At Davis Express, we have an on-going commitment to honesty and up-frontness when recruiting new drivers. We take special care to let them know exactly what they can and should expect as a member of the Davis team, before they even fill out an application.
When you think about it, it only makes sense. Why would you provide false information to a potential driver, promising him/her the moon, just so you can get them in the door, with no intention of following through on your word? When they realize that they’ve been misled, who can blame them for leaving? Not only do you (as an employer) lose that initial investment, but more importantly, you lose credibility–and believe me, drivers talk to one another.
- Is Davis Express perfect? Of course not!
- Is Davis Express the right fit for every driver? By no means!
- Can an interested driver get an honest answer about what to expect from Davis Express? Absolutely! Every time!
So, to the recruiters out there, be honest with your recruits, even if it means losing them to your competition. Everyone appreciates honesty, and what goes around, comes around.
And to the professional drivers out there who are looking for an honest answer, we encourage you to contact a Davis Express recruiter. We’ll tell you like it is, and leave it up to you to decide if we’re the right opportunity for you. Guaranteed.
You can reach our Recruiting department toll-free at (800) 874-4270, Monday through Friday, from 7AM until 6PM eastern time.
Call and ask to speak with Pam McAllister (Ext. 2135) or Brook Wilms (Ext. 2138). You can also leave us a voicemail or drop us an email after hours, and we’ll get back with you promptly.
We’ll be waiting to hear from you!