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Hiring and Retaining Employees
Corky DeRoeck
Kristal Soper
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Experienced and professional drivers are in high demand for those in the transportation industry. You need someone who can handle the responsibilities that come with the job and someone you trust to get your cargo where it needs to be. Recruitment and retention is the key to a successful business. You not only want to recruit credible workers but you also want to retain the good workers you already have. In order to recruit the kind of workers you’re look- ing for, you must determine a set of standards that you will abide by and expect your employ- ees to respect as well.
Aside from standards, it’s important to know what motivates your workers and start from there. You want your business to succeed and that starts with helping your employees succeed.
“Retention starts at the hiring process,” said Melanie Duquesnel, Better Business Bureau President & CEO. “In order to retain proficient employees, you must hire the right ones to begin with.”
Better Business Bureau Serving Eastern Michi- gan and the Upper Peninsula offers these tips for hiring and retaining employees.
Thoroughly vet potential new hires. It’s okay
Better Business Bureau
to be selective in your hiring. You want to make sure your workers skill sets align with those needed to promote the mission of your business. By vetting your employees in the beginning, you can make sure the employees fit in well with the company culture. How are you vetting your employees? Do you do background checks, research their social media, drug test, etc.? Make sure you are thorough in your search. If you would prefer to hire a data quality specialist for your vetting needs, US Data Corporation in Omaha, NE is a BBB Accredited Business that offers data quality services.
Make expectations known. Be honest and transparent with your employees and expect them to do the same. Engage your employees in the company’s mission and culture. Let them know they’re an essential member of the organ- ization.
Make safety a priority. Take extra precautions to ensure all standards and regulations are met before putting your drivers behind the wheel. Make sure the maintenance of the vehicle is well taken care of as well as up to date training for your drivers.
Keep technology up to date. Stay knowledge-
able of trends in safety and communication technology. This helps create a more relaxed environment for drivers and keeps lines of com- munication open if something were to happen on the road. You can also keep your workers motivated with ongoing messages.
Get to know your workers. It’s important to show your employees that you care. Get to know their likes and dislikes, what drives them. If the majority of your staff are big family men or women, respect that. Don’t lose sight of how life on the road can affect a home life. Give oppor- tunities for your employees to spend more time with their families when possible, especially if they’re been on the road a long time. Also, when possible, fulfill their reasonable requests. Mak- ing your employees feel cared for and happy will keep them around longer.
BBB is a non-profit organization with the pur- pose of promoting trust in the marketplace by assisting in the protection of consumers and businesses from fraud and unethical business practices. For more business tips, visit or call 248.223.9400.
By Michigan Association of Timbermen
Are you a Timberman member, or is your company one of those that prefers
to ride for free on the coat-tails of others’ efforts? Do you know what the Association does for the forest industry in Michigan? Among a long list of other projects, the Michigan Association of Timbermen spends a lot of time, energy, and money in Lansing and with our state and federal legislators to be sure that the voice of loggers, log truck drivers, small mills, foresters, and forest landowners are heard.
We fight for what is important to the success of your forest industry business. Issues MAT is or will be working on are road access, overweight fines and a multiple trip permit. The elimination of the log plate and lowering weight limits continue to be re occurring issues.
MAT is working with agencies and landowners to minimize and mitigate logging restrictions related to seasonal and health issues that decrease the amount of time harvesting can occur.
We are also working with the U.P. Deer Habitat group and Forests for Fish program that recognize the value and importance of long term sustainable forest management.
We worked with
SAF, ACF and
industry and
agency foresters
on legislation to
develop a
program and a
definition of
foresters’ duties
responsibilities in the Michigan occupational code.
On the national level:
• As a member of the American Loggers Council, we have supported efforts to allow 16-17 year old children of a logging family to be able to work in the family business just like children on a family farm.
• We opposed the creation of a Hardwood Lumber check-off program that could increase member costs with little assurance of their role in determining how the revenues for the
program would be spent on education and promotion activities. •We opposed what we perceive to be regulatory over-reach by programs
regarding Endangered and Threatened species, and the Waters of the United States rule being advanced by EPA and Army Corps of Engineers.
We also did a tremendous amount of education and promotion activity through various outreach opportunities. We host several Stainable Forestry Initiative logger
education courses and also serve on the Stainable Forestry Education subcommittee.
By virtue of MAT’s membership in the American Loggers Council and the Small Business Association of Michigan, voting member companies can expand their voice on State and National levels. Through SBAM, members also have access to several financial benefits.
The MAT Board of Directors greatly appreciates those businesses in the forest products industry that have supported us for many years. We very strongly encourage those companies who have not yet
joined us to consider doing so and thereby allowing us to speak with a much stronger voice. For more information on becoming a MAT member call us at 906-293-3236, visit us online at or send an email Submitted by the Board of Directors of the Michigan Association of Timbermen

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