Expand Your Truckstop's Labor Pool with Non-Traditional Hires


Finding and retaining employees is often a top concern of truckstop and travel plaza operators, and it can become even more challenging when unemployment levels drop.

“It starts to put employees in the driver’s seat,” said Heather Meade, a principal at Ernst and Young and a featured speaker at NATSO Connect.

To help meet their hiring needs, operators may want to consider unconventional hiring methods, such as jail-to-work programs, and offering ultra-flexible schedules. “It gives you a lot of flexibility in broadening your scope and finding people you traditionally haven’t hired,” said Tara Bradshaw of Ernst and Young who spoke along with Meade during NATSO Connect.

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Jail-to-work programs are one way employers can expand their labor pools. “Jail-to-job programs can provide some really steady workers who do a great job,” Bradshaw said...

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Before launching a full-time freelance career, Long edited NATSO's Stop Watch magazine. Prior to that Long worked as a staff reporter for Transport Topics, a weekly trade newspaper, covering freight transportation, fuel and environmental issues. In addition to covering the transportation sector, Long has written, reported and edited for a variety of media outlets. She was the Washington correspondent for WCAX-TV (CBS) in Burlington, Vt., a criminal court reporter in Chicago and a freelance copy editor for Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine in Washington D.C. Long hold a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in Evanston, Ill., and a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Westminster College in Salt Lake City.More
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