Trucking HR Canada has unveiled a free online tool that will help fleet managers analyze and improve human resources practices.
The HR Circle Check, now available at www.truckingHR.com, asks key questions about existing business strategies, and recommends specific tools to address related challenges.
“Every fleet will be familiar with the important role of circle checks in monitoring a truck’s mechanical condition,” said Tamara Miller, Trucking HR Canada’s director – programs and services. “Our new HR Circle Check self-assessment tool offers a similar step-by-step process for analyzing the policies and procedures used to attract, train and retain the people who work with the trucks.”
These business practices can have a significant financial impact. “It costs between $6,000 and $10,000 to recruit and train a new truck driver – and this is in addition to the business opportunities that are lost when qualified people cannot be found,” Miller said as an example.
In just 15 minutes, managers using the HR Circle Check can create a high-level overview of business practices including:
- Managing the business concerns related to human resources
- Attracting qualified candidates
- Managing the application process
- Screening and assessing candidates
- Hiring and orientation
- Understanding retention and turnover
- Mentoring new employees
- Creating a high-performance workplace
Detailed HR Diagnostics explore the individual topics in further detail.
Many available solutions come in the form of templates for HR-related documents, training manuals or other support. Fleets can also use the results of the overviews to focus business planning efforts.
Improved human resources practices will become more important as the shortage of qualified drivers continues to grow, Miller added. A recent report published by the Conference Board of Canada, Understanding the Truck Driver Supply and Demand Gap and Its Implications for the Canadian Economy, highlights a projected shortage of between 25,000 and 33,000 drivers by 2020.