Episode 50: R&R Conference Series Part 5
This is the fifth and final episode in a series recorded at the Recruit and Retain Conference in Nashville earlier this year. Some of you may know it as the R&R conference. This episode contains a compilation of multiple interviews who we spoke with at the conference.
In this week’s episode, we will be speaking to Todd Hensley, Vice President at Driver iQ; Scott Dismuke, Director of Agents at Professional Driver Agency; and Shannon Newton, President at Arkansas Trucking Association.
Listen in to get the lowdown on some of the challenges and possible solutions surrounding recruiting and retaining long-term professional drivers. These experts will share the top trends and their predictions for how the industry will need to handle recruitment and retention going forward.
“I think recruiting is a complicated problem and I think the solutions are equally complicated. We can have an impact on the image of the industry and educating people on the types of professions that exist in the industry and teach young people that you can earn a good living without going to college.”
– Shannon Newton from Arkansas Trucking Association
What you’ll learn about in this episode:
- The frustration, cost, and time it takes to find qualified long-haul drivers
- The fact that the older generation of drivers are beginning to retire and it is getting more difficult to find young drivers willing to be away from home for weeks at a time
- The high rate of driver turnover and career switching within the trucking industry and how proper hiring and training can reduce drivers leaving the industry
- The structural changes which need to take place within the industry if it is going to remain thriving and attracting qualified drivers
- The negative effects of litigation and how new regulations continue to have an impact when it comes to hiring drivers
- The inspiration behind the Professional Driver Agency and how it can help drivers to find secure jobs while assisting companies to find drivers ready to get to work
- The guests’ predictions concerning the future of the industry over the next three to five years