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goodmichael

What are you doing to attract and retain the very best employee

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My question is exactly that. What benefits are you providing for your staff? If we as an industry want to maintain a professional workforce, we really need to step it up as far as what we are providing (putting on the table) in terms of benefits. Benefits are a cost of doing business. You have to charge the customer a rate reflective of what your costs are as well as profit (your best friend). This includes the benefits package one provides for their employees. So many companies express concerns that they can not find quality help. I spoke to a person locally this past week who stated that he treated his drivers like a screw. He stated that he kept up the pressure on them until they broke, then goes out and finds another. His equipment is worn out, the interiors smell like ashtrays, and the business seems to be hanging on by a thread. He runs a cheap operation. I would not sit in one of his trucks without a tetanus shot. The only requirements to work there appear to be having a pulse, a TDLR card (state license to be an operator) and a driver's license. The drivers state they work six days a week. Another company in town has clean, well maintained equipment, drivers are professional, no smoking is permitted in the trucks. The driver state they work five days a week, having two full days off a week, have the option to work four tens or five eights. They receive vacation time, health insurance, as well as paid training such as wreck master.  They are not that much more expensive than the first company, but do charge for services rendered. I have had the opportunity to speak with the owner on several occasions and he has repeatedly stated that his employees are the heartbeat of his business, his second family, and that he could not survive without them.   

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