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TSG is Resolute in Addressing Today's Workforce Issues

Posted by Robin Siekerman on Apr 25, 2019

Close up of a man selecting a profile picture on digital screenIt’s no secret that there is a workforce shortage in the supply chain industry. As a result, we have had to become creative in hiring, staffing, recruiting and retaining talent. At The Shippers Group, hiring practices include both direct hire and temporary staffing, while after 90 days, temporary staff become full time employees. The Shippers Group is a Veterans at Work Partner with initiatives to fill roles by veterans and military spouses. We are also establishing national accounts with American Staffing Associated partners. Benefits of this partnership are reduced costs to fill, established relationships to improve hire trends, improved safety, standards for hiring, and industry recognized hiring practices.

A recent survey in Eye For Transport (EFT) of industry operations employees rank strategies to retain operation employees:

  • Improve employee engagement 48%
  • Coaching and training 21%
  • More transparency of goals 19%
  • Flexible scheduling  7%
  • Incentive bonus 2%
  • Increase hourly rate  2%

Associate engagement and staff development rank highest and are  essential to retention. Therefore, TSG has on staff a Director of Training who oversees a 33 point training metric. Each location has Training Champions who ensure training occurs on-time and is fully documented. Not only do these training programs work to promote and retain associates but also contributes to reduction of OSHA recordables and lower incidents of property damage.

“Workforce issues are among the top concerns of those taking part in The Annual Third-Party Logistics Study. Issues organizations are currently facing include:

  • Attracting talent
  • Developing leaders
  • Retaining high performers
  • Enhancing employee motivation and engagement
  • Enhancing workforce performance
  • Developing bench strength
  • Reducing workforce costs
  • Enhancing career and job flexibility
  • Effectively managing succession
  • Improving supervision and coaching
  • Reducing employee turnover
  • Addressing changing workforce demographics/Responding to cultural or generational differences
  • Building a global workforce
  • Developing and effective reward strategy
  • Increasing diversity and inclusion
  • Utilizing workforce planning to determine future workforce needs"

For more information about The Shippers Group's team, click here.

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