As a minority group in the trucking industry, female truck drivers can feel excluded from others in the industry. Now more than ever, it’s up to trucking companies to make the effort to inspire women to start new careers and help the industry to grow!

Bridge the gap between female and male coworkers

#1 Hold a team bonding event once a month.

Creating a sense of community between coworkers and their families is not as hard as you may think. With a little time and effort, a team bonding event can change the dynamic for everyone involved.

Even if the event is as simple as a cookout or relay race, team bonding allows everyone to get to know each other on a personal level outside of work.

With the right amount of teamwork in trucking, employees can be inspired, trust their coworkers more and increase their productivity! Above all else, just remember to have fun with each other!

#2 Have meetings to catch up.

Not only do meetings allow coworkers and management to share common frustrations and work together to come up with solutions; in fact, this meeting is great for brainstorming  constructive ways to improve the future. This business notion is called a retrospective meeting.

The only thing fleet owners need to remember is that it is easy for a meeting to get off track. To keep your team focused, it’s imperative to set a workflow and purpose for this meeting.

Once fleet owners notice the constructive criticism is improving interactions between truck drivers, this keeps everyone happy!

#3 Give new female truck drivers a mentor.

Providing mentors for new truck drivers can inspire confidence in anyone no matter their race, gender or work experience. By having women in the trucking industry help others advance into their career, the industry can make women feel more included!

Address problems immediately

To give women in the truck industry confidence in the industry, it’s extremely important to address harassment of any kind, quickly and thoroughly. Whether it’s seen, heard or felt by a person, reporting harassment to your fleet owner is a vital part of making a more inclusive and safe environment for everyone.  

When it comes to using your resources as a woman in the transportation, it can be hard to know who you can go to for help. At TransWood our fleet owners and management staff or always available for anyone dealing with issues happening at work.

Other resources for women in the trucking industry

For women in the trucking industry, it’s important to know where you can go to connect with other women in your field.

Some non-profit organizations for women are:

The trucking industry can always use more truck drivers! To promote growth in our industry women and other minority groups need to feel included in the work environment!

TransWood is committed to protecting the health, safety and security of our employees and independent contractors while minimizing the impact of our operations on the public and the environment where we operate. Please, contact TransWood so we can start serving your hauling freight needs.  

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