Recruitment & Retention Conference Recap: The TP Trucking Difference

TP Trucking’s driver manager, George Wood, represented TP Trucking at the 13th annual Recruitment & Retention Conference in Nashville, TN this past February. Wood is always looking for new and exciting ways to do his job, and he came away from the conference with some great ideas.

TP Trucking flatbed

Terry Bowden, football analyst and Head Coach for the University of Akron, spoke on the value of connection and motivation, while Bob Costello, Chief Economist for American Trucking Associations highlighted recruiting and retention trends in the industry.

While employee retention is a concern for every organization, TP Trucking has a knack for forging strong relationships with their employees. “Once our drivers make it past the one-year mark, they are usually with TP Trucking for a long time,” said Wood. “A few months ago, we had a driver reach 32 years of service.”

TP Trucking makes a point to show their drivers that they are valued team members. In mid-September they celebrated their annual “Driver Appreciation Week,” where the managers cooked for the rest of the employees and drivers, and everyone received gifts, including winter jackets with the TP Trucking logo on them and goody bags with items like hats, t-shirts, gift cards, etc. Additionally, the TP Trucking team is always looking for ways to add “little goodies” to make life on the road easier. For example, their newest trucks are automatic, satellite radio-ready and include amenities such as refrigerators, microwaves and desks.
 

TP Trucking truck being loaded for shipment.

“At TP Trucking, you are a name, not a number,” said Wood. The dispatchers get to know every driver personally and take their preferences into consideration when assigning routes. They recognize that some drivers might be excited about driving to LA or driving through the mountains; other drivers may not like those routes.

Drivers can take pride in TP Trucking’s equipment. Nothing is more than 4.5 years old, and the fleet is always kept clean and sharp-looking, thanks to the courtesy truck wash station at the Central Point, OR headquarters.

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