OTTAWA, Ont. – A new report from Trucking HR Canada says there is a strong business case for increased diversity in the country’s trucking industry.
Coined ‘Changing Workforce’, the report is based on a combination of labour data and best practices, and profiles fleet programs from Bison Transport, Canada Cartage, Kriska Transportation, Northern Resource Trucking, Trimac Transportation and Westcan Bulk Transport.
“The trucking industry needs to ensure it attracts, recruits, and retains the skilled workforce needed to support effective and efficient operations. Recruitment and retention strategies that adapt to the ever-changing and increasingly diverse pool of available talent are needed,” said Angela Splinter, CEO of Trucking HR Canada. “Our business case, and related case studies highlights best practices in this area, and show how businesses that embrace diversity profit in many ways.”
The report indicates that despite gains, there is still room for industry employers to hire people who are part of visible minority groups, like aboriginals and those with disabilities.
It also said hiring a more diverse workforce helps reduce turnover, improve productivity, lower wage and training costs and enhance health and wellness.