We don’t have to tell you that trucking is a tough job. Life on the road has its benefits, but there are drawbacks. TheJobNetwork.com published a helpful story about why drivers leave CDL trucking jobs for other careers. Here are the top 6 reasons truckers get out of the trucking business.
1. Pay and Perks
Roughly half of drivers surveyed say that making more money was their number one consideration when leaving one job for another. Also, Benefits are a huge consideration. 34% of truckers surveyed succumb to the lure of better health coverage.
2. No Time at Home
This is another big factor—roughly 41 percent of drivers say more time at home becomes a huge priority. Even if money is a major motivating factor for most people who do leave, only about 20% leave for that reason. Overall, time at home is often much more of a factor.
3. Not Jiving with a Supervisor
People leave people—not companies. Therefore, if a driver doesn’t mesh well with his supervisor, that can be a very difficult situation to sustain. Personalities are important and finicky, but the workplace is surprisingly about relationships. Make these work, and drivers often stick around.
4. Dispatch Dissatisfaction
If a driver is not getting dispatched or scheduled the way they prefer, it can be a huge annoyance. However, a lot of this can be solved with new computer technologies that streamline the process.
5. Not Getting Paid Fairly
Perhaps a driver didn’t get paid for detention time or other “duties.” If not, it can really drive an employee to frustration—even quitting—especially if it happens multiple times per month.
Service rules for when a driver is allowed to drive, sleep, etc. can really put a cramp in a trucker’s style. Single rules don’t always universally make things better for truckers. When these get too onerous, even experienced veteran doctors can turn tail and leave—and the profession suffers.
Overall, these are just the main reasons drivers leave CDL trucking jobs. Sometimes truckers just want to retire or leave the transportation industry for something else. What would make you leave your job, drivers? Connect with us here and share your thoughts.
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