The Truckload Carriers Association and CarriersEdge are looking for trucking companies that stand out for exceptional workplace environments, compensation and benefits, company culture and perks for its annual Best Fleets to Drive For list.
Nominations must come from professional truck drivers and can be made online at BestFleetsToDriveFor.com from Sept. 6 and Oct. 31, 2016. Once a company accepts the nomination and agrees to participate, CarriersEdge will contact the fleet for more details through an electronic questionnaire and telephone interview.
CarriersEdge will speak with senior management and a random sampling of the company’s drivers to learn more about compensation, safety practices, benefits, equipment, training and other aspects of the workplace. The survey is designed to reveal innovations that have proven successful in attracting and retaining skilled personnel in the trucking industry.
“This year, in addition to our usual questions, we’re going to be asking fleets about how much time their drivers spend on the road, whether they provide guaranteed pay and paid waiting time, and what in-cab amenities they offer,” said Jane Jazrawy, CEO of CarriersEdge. “We’ll also get into the topic of diversity, asking what fleets are doing to bring a more diverse driver pool to the industry. For the first time, this will have its own scored section.”
To be eligible, a for-hire fleet must have 10 or more trucks and operate in the U.S. or Canada. TCA membership is not required. The top 20 finishers will be identified as Best Fleets to Drive For and will be announced in January 2017. From this pool, companies will be divided into “small” and “large” categories, and two overall winners will be recognized March 26-29, 2017, at the TCA Annual Convention in Nashville, Tenn.
In late October, companies that have been nominated or believe they will be nominated and are considering participating are invited to learn more about the survey requirements through a free webinar.
“Through our questions to the nominated fleets, we will unearth and publicize the most popular benefits and perks that are being implemented right now,” said John Lyboldt, president of TCA. “These are the things that are keeping current drivers happy while enticing potential new drivers to join our industry.”
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