In a new study conducted by the screening firm HireRight, truck drivers were asked why they had decided to leave their jobs. In the survey, drivers were allowed to cite more than one reason for quitting, and many did, indicating that it wasn’t always one big event that was the trigger. Instead, it may have been a series of small things, leading up to the day when some of them simply had enough.
Here are the top 8 factors that drivers say contributed to them giving up their driving career:
- Not enough money: Not surprisingly, nearly half of the drivers surveyed listed wages as a determining factor. Over the past several years, some of the larger trucking companies have been making efforts to retain their drivers by increasing their rates.
- Too much time away from home: Over 40 percent of truckers indicated that too little time with family and friends was the main reason for leaving. Many truckers complain about the infrequency of time at home, while others were unhappy about its unpredictability.
- Better benefits: Around 34 percent of the respondents said that better health coverage and retirement plans led them to seek employment elsewhere.
- Retirement: There comes a time in every trucker’s career when the road is no longer a friend and driving stops being an adventure. Driving is notorious for taking a toll on a trucker’s health, which might have played a part in nearly 30 percent of drivers deciding to retire.
- Wanting to work in another field: Professional driving isn’t for everyone. Some drivers become disenchanted early on, while others get worn down over time from working in a highly regulated industry.
- Health issues: It’s no surprise that over 20 percent of the truckers surveyed said they quit because of health problems. Years on the road without the benefit of exercise and a healthy diet have resulted in many drivers failing to qualify for a CDL or simply being too ill to continue the long hours on the road.
- Problems with the company culture: Many of the drivers (17 percent) indicated that they never felt comfortable in the company culture. Trouble dealing with a supervisor, poor communication, and a lack of appreciation for their efforts could all fall under this factor.
- An opportunity to advance in another company: Over 10 percent of the drivers responded that they left trucking because they believed they could better advance their careers with another company. If a trucker thinks he is stagnating at a job, it only makes sense that he would move to where there are more opportunities to get ahead.
Before you recruit your next driver, think about these reasons for leaving and try to prevent them early on. For more expert assistance on hiring and retaining drivers, contact one of our recruiters at Contracted Drivers Services today.