Keeping drivers engaged and motivated is a common goal shared between companies within the logistics sector. With tight profit margins and driver shortages, retaining a workforce of happy and motivated driver’s is more important than ever. And why shouldn’t it be? Studies have shown that a motivated workforce results in better productivity, higher fuel efficiency, and lower staff turnover rates. So how do you achieve a motivated driver workforce?
Being on the road for long periods of time can often leave driver’s feeling isolated. Therefore, it is important to work on communicating effectively with your drivers. When people feel informed, they feel like a part of the company, and a sense of belonging amongst your driver’s boosts productivity. A productive method of communication between you and your driver’s is feedback. Work on actively encouraging and providing feedback from your driver’s, by implementing an open door policy and providing regular driver debriefs.
Incentives doesn’t have to mean ‘expensive’; by showing that good driver behaviour is rewarded, you create healthy competition and encourage drivers to be safer on the road. By consulting your driver league table you can reward top performers with an extra day’s holiday, bonus schemes, or vouchers. There are also no-cost incentives such as encouraging career development with driver training for new and existing employees, or new licensing opportunities that keep driver’s motivated about their careers with the company. These incentives are effective and beneficial for your company, whilst motivating your drivers at the same time.
If there is currently no room in your budget for investing in driver incentives, you can still achieve high levels of motivation by simply recognising hard work and achievement. Invest in driver performance solutions and use your driver league tables to put driver’s in the spotlight at regular intervals. Announce the most improved, who’s at the top of the league table or any special mentions to encourage good morale and keep your drivers motivated to do their best whilst in your vehicles.
Overall, motivating your drivers saves you stress, helps reduce operational costs and improves road safety. Driver motivation is attainable without breaking the bank – it just takes positivity and consistency from the management team to implement positive and long-term changes to driver’s motivation and productivity levels.