For decades truck drivers have been sneaking their pets on board with them. They had to do this because their employer would not allow them to drive with a pet in the truck. However, in recent years carriers have loosened on the anti-pet policy. If your company has not done so yet, you should consider it. Here is why you need to start encouraging your truck drivers to drive with pets.
Healthier and Happier Drivers
The purpose of purchasing a pet is because you are looking for companionship. It is no wonder that drivers who have their fur-pal with them are healthier and happier.
Becoming a truck driver means long days filled with lonely hours. Without a partner to keep them company, drivers can become depressed. Dealing with loneliness and depression can cause drivers to become burnt out.
Research shows that spending 15 minutes with a dog improves people’s mood. In addition to improving moods, dogs require exercise. Because the dogs need exercise your truck drivers will become healthier people.
Increased Driver Retention Rate
Having a high turnover rate is one of the most expensive liabilities a carrier can have. According to Stay Metrics, a truck company with 100 drivers, 100% turnover rate, and average cost to hire of $8,000, spends $800,000 a year on hiring.
Encouraging drivers to bring a pet with them on the road can save your company thousands of dollars every year.
Drivers that have pets with them will be happier meaning they will be less likely to leave.
Also, drivers truly value working for a company that cares for them. Your company can send the message you care about your drivers health by encouraging them to have a pet. Drivers that feel cared for will stay with your company.
Improved Driver Performance
By simply encouraging drivers to bring pets with them on the road, their performance will improve.
Drivers will be healthier and happier, leading them to make smarter driving decisions. Plus, having another living creature in the truck that the driver cares about will make the driver more cautious.
Cautious drivers have far fewer accidents and are more reliable.
Better for Your Bottom Line
Your company will become more profitable once you encourage drivers to bring pets with them. Revenue will increase because your drivers perform better which allows you to deliver more shipments. Costs will be down as well.
The costs associated with turnover will decrease as drivers choose to stay with you.
Insurance for drivers will also become less expensive. Because the drivers will have to be more active with their pets, they will be in better health.
Employing healthier drivers will lead to less claims being made. The less claims your company makes, the more affordable company health insurance becomes.
There is a difference between tolerating drivers bringing pets with them and encouraging the drivers. Tolerating is good, but start encouraging your truck drivers to drive with pets in order to see maximum results. The drivers will live better lives and your company will see better profits.