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TIME AWAY FROM HOME IS HIGH ON LIST OF COMPLAINTS TRUCK DRIVERS HAVE ABOUT THEIR JOB, SURVEY SHOWS

 WASHINGTON, Sept. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Spending too many days on the road and away from home is one of the biggest drawbacks to a truck driver's job, a new survey shows, and it could be a prime factor in the high turnover rate in the trucking industry's truckload segment.
 On the other hand, truckload drivers who responded to the survey said they liked several aspects of the job: "the art of driving a truck," the independent lifestyle, meeting safety requirements and dealing with customers.
 "Annual turnover in the truckload segment is high -- nearly 100 percent," said Greg Lebedev, senior vice president and managing director of the American Trucking Associations (ATA) Foundation. "The survey will measurably help trucking companies recognize drivers' concerns and improve employee retention."
 The ATA Foundation was a major contributor to the study, "Job Satisfaction of U.S. Commercial Drivers," which was conducted by the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute of North Dakota State University at Fargo. The survey is one of a number of ATA Foundation- sponsored research initiatives examining safety and productivity in the trucking industry.
 The study surveyed 3,174 drivers from 13 union and non-union truckload carriers across the nation, who were asked to fill out a 20- page questionnaire and rate their level of satisfaction with different elements of the job. The sample was not random, but was intended to be representative of the truckload segment -- companies that operate on irregular routes carrying full loads of a single shipper's goods from place to place.
 Aside from spending too much time away from home, truckload drivers surveyed said they were also unhappy with their job's level of pay and benefits, dealing with loading and unloading freight and driving on rough or poorly paved roads.
 The study concludes that there is "not a shortage of drivers, but a lack of human resource strategies" to address drivers' concerns. Drivers said they are interested in receiving additional training that would allow them to do their jobs better, they want more personal contact with their supervisors, and they want some form of career advancement system based on personal performance.
 "Developing more sophisticated employee-management programs will directly benefit a truckload company's bottom line by improving drivers' job satisfaction and cutting recruitment and training costs," Lebedev said.
 For copies of the full survey report and executive summary, contact Kathy McCarthy at the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, P.O. Box 5074, Fargo, N.D. 58105, or phone 701-237-7767.
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 /CONTACT: Mike Mason of the American Trucking Associations, 703-838-7935/


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