When you manage a trucking, transportation, or delivery company anticipating the number of workers you may need during any given week to meet demand can present a real challenge. As business picks up, your employees may feel pressure, overworked and overall unhappy, resulting in inefficient operations, higher turnover rates, and less revenue for your company.
We’re here to tell you there’s a better way. If you’re not leveraging temporary labor to help supplement your staff as demand for your transportation business fluctuates, you should be. In this blog post, we’ll dive into how you can utilize gig workers to help ensure you can meet every delivery need that comes your way.
What are gig workers?
First, let’s cover the basics. If you’re new to the gig economy, gig workers are temporary laborers you can hire on-demand. Whether you need a semi-truck driver or a school bus driver, you can use temporary specialized drivers with a valid Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) to cover open shifts.
What are the benefits of hiring last-minute labor?
Of course, you never want to hire more employees than you anticipate needing. Since you likely have a good idea of how many employees you need to have on staff to cover a typical week, hiring additional full-time employees to meet your changing business demands doesn’t make sense. Instead, consider hiring temporary workers who will only work the jobs you need them to.
Aside from the cost-savings benefits that accompany hiring temporary CDL drivers over full-time employees, hiring workers on-demand can help you complete more deliveries and hauls, satisfying your customers and generating more revenue for your business.
Temporary workers can also be added and removed based on your upcoming workload. Since you likely experience increased demand for drivers based on a variety of factors like the time of year, or COVID-19, you can utilize temporary workers to quickly scale your workforce as those variables change.
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How should you train your temporary CDL drivers?
Preparing temporary workers for trucking gigs can seem like a daunting task. If you’ve only been using full-time employees, it can be a challenge to know how to train temporary workers.
You have the ability to vet your applicants based on ability and qualifications. Make sure your temporary worker meets the physical expectations required to complete the job. For example, must be able to pass a drug screen, have a clean driving record, walk as much as 10 total miles each shift, and be able to lift up to 50 lbs. Over communicating with applicants helps to ensure they meet your company’s specific requirements for the gig.
It’s also important to make sure temporary workers understand the guidelines they must follow when working your gig. Whether it’s their dress code requirements or customer service specifics, you need to make them aware of your expectations so they feel prepared for the job and you receive efficient work.
Investing time into training will make workers more efficient, less likely to be injured on the job, and more likely work future gigs for you. Below are the topics you should cover in your truck driver training:
- Confirm your candidate is in compliance with the Department of Transportation requirements.
- Provide general ergonomics training and task-specific training to temporary workers to maximize their time.
- Include safe lifting advice, and any other recommendations to prevent physical injury.
- Incorporate industry guidelines, OSHA requirements, and state/ local regulations that apply to the gig into training to help avoid injury and citations.
- Review basic industry language to familiarize the worker with terms used on the job for clear communication.
- Demonstrate tasks you expect the worker to perform during their shift.
- Educate your workers on company safety measures and procedures.
- Cover information specific to your company or anything else that will help them successfully complete the gig.
For the same reasons, it’s important to make your temporary CDL drivers aware of your expectations, and it’s crucial to advise them of what the consequences will be should they not meet those expectations. Make sure you are transparent with them and aligned on what to do and what not to do to prevent confusion on the worksite. With everything clearly laid out, who knows, you might just find a temporary worker you want to hire over and over again.
Where can I find last-minute skilled workers?
It can be difficult to find qualified last-minute labor for driving shifts, but GigSmart makes it easy. If you’re a business that offers trucking or transportation services, you can find and hire temporary CDL drivers with GigSmart. To do so, be sure you are searching for licensed CDL drivers in the Get Workers App.
If your needs are immediate, we can help you find qualified, temporary labor in less than an hour. If you know you’ll be receiving a large shipment soon, you can hire up to 30 days in advance. All of our workers are insured at no additional cost to you, and you can even require workers to have passed a background and motor vehicle check prior to working your gig and operating equipment. Lastly, you set workers hourly rate, and GigSmart takes care of the payment securely through the app — without the additional paperwork and overhead that accompanies hiring W-2 employees.
If you’re ready to hire temporary CDL drivers for your trucking company’s needs, create your first free gig post in your Get Workers hiring account today.