OTTAWA, Ont. — Ten of the best workplaces in the Canadian trucking industry were recognized as part of the inaugural Top Fleet Employers program, organized by Trucking HR Canada.
The program examined employee recognition, compensation, lifestyle, employee engagement, wellness, professional development and recruitment and retention initiatives, employed by fleets of various sizes.
Winners include: Bison Transport;Erb Group of Companies; Home Hardware; J&R Hall Transport; Kindersley Transport; Kriska Transportation; Logikor Inc.; MacKinnon Transport; SLH Transport; and Transpro Freight Systems.
“These 10 fleets clearly recognize the value of sound human resources practices,” says Angela Splinter, chief executive officer of Trucking HR Canada. “They have demonstrated their commitment to programs which play a vital role in recruiting and retaining a skilled workforce. Work like this will become increasingly important as the trucking industry grapples with its intensifying shortage of employees and job candidates.”
Through the evaluation process, several best practices were identified, organizers say. For example, Bison connects with personnel through a monthly newsletter, Transpro surveys employees before launching a new initiative, and J&R Hall has a confidential open-door policy to ensure employee concerns are addressed.
Kriska was recognized for its deferred profit-sharing plan, Logikor offers an RRSP for drivers and MacKinnon has a fuel bonus. Home Hardware, meanwhile, has a performance bonus program that looks beyond rates per kilometre.
High-scoring recognition programs include Erb’s honours for retiring employees, Kindersley’s VIP recognition program and SLH’s recognition of milestone anniversaries.
Trucking HR Canada plans to issue a Top Fleet Employers 2014 Best Practices Report, which will be available on www.TruckingHR.com.
Applications for the second year of the program will be accepted beginning in December.
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