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Delivering Recognition for America’s Professional Truck Drivers

When it comes to professional truck drivers, they are like a lot of things in life – taken for granted. Perhaps you’ve never considered how much we depend upon America’s drivers for almost all our essential goods and resources. In recognition and appreciation of drivers and their dedicated service, September 10-16 has been designated National Truck Driver Appreciation Week.

The nationwide, annual celebration was launched in 1988 by the American Trucking Associations (ATA) to serve as a reminder of just how much we depend upon these hardworking men and women to keep America moving.

Sacrifice and Service

In recognition of their service, Dan Van Alstine (ATA’s Chairman) said, “Whether it is helping communities recover after disaster, delivering essential supplies during the pandemic, or keeping store shelves stocked day-in and day-out, sacrifice and service is what our industry is all about.”

Alstine added that “truckers are the unsung heroes of the supply chain, and they are committed to safety and professionalism. Food, clothing, furniture, medicine, gasoline – nearly everything that we use on a daily basis was transported at some point by a truck driver.”

Social and Economic Impact

According to Truckinfo.net, Trucking represents 80.7 percent of the transportation industry, recording $940.8 billion in gross freight revenues in 2022. In 2022, 13.1 billion tons of freight was moved by truck, constituting 65% of all freight tonnage. In terms of trade, in 2020, the US imported 170 billion dollars of goods by truck from Canada and exported 196 billion dollars of goods. This accounted for 55.2% of total trade between the US and Canada.

Also in 2020, 69.7% of total trade between the US and Mexico was by truck. The US imported 279 billion dollars in goods from Mexico and exported 181 billion dollars via truck.

There are 3.5 million professional truck drivers in the United States, and we should recognize their dedication and hard work – as they serve us in one of our economy’s most demanding and important jobs. If you are a professional driver, thank you for your service to the rest of us! If you know a truck driver, please take a moment to thank them for what they do every day to keep our lives and country moving down the road.

Boosting Employee Morale One Step at a Time

Disengagement and lack of inspiration lead to low employee morale – the “silent killer” of the workplace. Low employee morale negatively affects atmosphere and culture, and subsequently decreases productivity, growth, and engagement. Additionally, as morale and engagement decrease, employee burnout increases.  In Lattice’s State of People Strategy Report 2023, data shows that 72% of employees… Read more »

Recognition for HR Professionals

Last week, International HR Day brought much deserved recognition for HR professionals. Today’s ever-changing work environment presents HR departments with unique and unprecedented challenges. Economic pressures, a mismatch of the unemployed with job openings, and the trends of “quiet” and “quick” quitting are only some of those challenges. John Newman (QIC Director of Marketing and… Read more »

Cows, Cow Dogs, and Culture

Last month while discussing employee engagement and culture, I mentioned David Friedman and his company, High Performing Culture.  David provides his clients with a practical, sustainable way to identify and build cultural behaviors (he calls these fundamentals).  At QIC, we refer to our fundamentals as “exclamations,” as they exclaim our high standards and commitment to… Read more »

Why Just O.K. is Not O.K.

I’ve been noticing some television commercials that play off this mantra. This very clever campaign uses various consumer settings to highlight the fact that one would never tolerate “just O.K.”, especially from their cellular provider. It caused me to think about how employees may feel and what they think about their companies, their jobs, and… Read more »

Seasonal Gratitude

The holiday season causes me to think about how we express gratitude and appreciation, both personally and professionally.  It’s important to show our appreciation to those who make daily contributions that enrich our lives at home and in business.  It’s also fitting to do this during the giving season.  Just make sure you aren’t “seasonal”… Read more »