It’s important for truck drivers to take care of themselves, spend time with their families and be healthy and happy. Unfortunately, there are many companies taking the work their drivers do for granted. That is why Transport America has implemented what they call “The Great Driver Experience,” an initiative to ensure that drivers who come to Transport America know they are the company’s number one priority.
What is the Great Driver Experience?
The Great Driver Experience focuses on taking care of Transport America’s most valuable asset: truck drivers. Whether driving solo or as a team, men and women who operate freight trucks for Transport America can count on the company to provide the following essential tools:
A positive company culture. At Transport America, it’s important for drivers to know how valuable they are. That is why they are surrounded with a positive, engaging and encouraging company culture that makes it easy for them to do their job with comfort and ease.
A strong focus on safety. Being in the driver’s seat means putting safety first at all times. Transport America puts the truck drivers in control by giving them the necessary tools to do their job safely and effectively. That means any time drivers feel unsafe operating a truck or are unable to drive safely for any reason, they can make the call to shut it down. The people at TA trust their drivers’ judgment when it comes to safety and drivers have the final say.
A real open-door policy. There are many companies who claim to have an “open-door policy,” yet make their employees set up appointments, talk through glass windows and basically jump through hoops to get their issues resolved. Not at Transport America. TA prides itself on a true open-door policy, in which drivers can come into any of their facilities, without an appointment, sign in and talk to anyone they want. This gives drivers the assurance that their voices are always heard.
Supportive, engaged leadership. Without leadership that is committed to preserving a positive experience and good morale for their drivers, there can be no Great Driver Experience. One of the ways leaders at TA can make that commitment is by taking advantage of every opportunity to learn what their drivers go through, whether it’s through past driving experience or going on ride-a-longs in the truck. Likewise, drivers have the chance to learn more about what their supervisors do and what the company’s processes are, through things like corporate visit programs. Fleet leaders, team leaders and executives help to create a seamless, streamlined process that gives drivers the confidence to trust the company they work for.
Flexibility and freedom of choice. One of the things that companies tend to take for granted is how much their drivers’ lifestyles may change and how that plays into their work-life balance. Transport America prides itself in being thoroughly flexible, working with drivers to ensure that their work and home life is balanced. They provide choice in the type of driving career they want, be it dedicated, team, regional or solo over the road. They also provide tools to enable drivers to be healthy and happy, including their sleep apnea program, employee assistance program, health and wellness initiatives and the freedom to choose how often they can be home. With the opportunity for drivers to make smooth and seamless transitions into the variety of driving divisions that will suit their home life, truck drivers truly have the freedom of choice they need to be successful at TA.
The Great Driver Experience: A Focus on You
Are you a driver looking to make a change? No matter what your experience, Transport America’s Great Driver Experience ensures that drivers from all walks of life are comfortable and happy in an environment that values choice, positivity, safety and communication. To learn more visit our website or join our online community on Facebook and Twitter.