Certain times of the year are busier than others. Take, for instance, the weeks (and months) leading up to the holiday shopping season. During the months of October, November and December, retail is humming along with brisk sales as people stock up on Christmas gifts. This means more and more trucks (and truckers) are needed to get the goods to where they need to go, in time for the holidays.
What are some considerations to make when hiring temporary truck drivers?
First, how should they be hired? Does your company want to hire temporary drivers on its own? Or do you want to go through a staffing agency?
Temporary drivers need to be recruited. Does your company have the time and inclination to find workers, or do you want to hire a staffing agency to do that hard work for you?
Also, do you want to handle screening candidates and doing background checks, or would you prefer those details are taken care of by others? Some of the things that need to be checked include the status of a driver’s license, as well as what types of trucks he or she is authorized to drive. Can the driver handle loads with hazardous materials? Does he or she have certification badges for specialty items?
Temporary Vs Full Time
Temporary truck drivers differ from contract or full time employees. They don’t have the same labor privileges and protections. Furthermore, the employer hiring a temp driver doesn’t need to pay benefits or deal with problems concerning termination and unemployment claims. Why? If the company goes through a staffing agency, those details and issues are handled by the agency. Therefore, trucking companies like handing over a lot of their hiring duties to agencies because it means less hassle for them.
The Chance for More
Finally, one of the benefits of hiring temporary drivers is that some of them can end up becoming full time employees of your company if you like their work and want to hire them. Therefore, utilizing temp drivers is a good way to see who performs the job the best, and then, if you so choose, you can hire them for more work down the line. Oftentimes, temp drivers turn into permanent drivers.
If you need help finding reliable temporary truck drivers, contact the experts at Platinum Drivers today.