Women In Trucking Blog

ALL THINGS HR: Telehealth and TeleDocs

Talking to a medical doctor, either by phone, tablet or computer, with or without a visual component such as Facetime, can remove the need for many non-emergency ER visits. Telemedicine providers can advise individuals on home care, make recommendations for where and when to seek in-person care and even prescribe some medications. The textbook example is something like an ear infection, which can be diagnosed based on a description of symptoms, and treated with a prescription called into the nearest pharmacy. Saving not only the cost of an emergency room visit but the time and irritation factor of driving, parking and waiting, makes telemedicine a win-win for both employer and employee. 

Show Me The Money: The “tele” cost savings are significant. Every emergency room visit that is replaced with a telemedicine visit saves your health plan anywhere from $309 to more than $1,500. The average telemedicine visit costs $38 versus $114 for a face-to-face consultation. Multiply these numbers over all your employees and you can see why telemedicine is gaining traction across many industries. In 2017, close to 60% of American employers offered telemedicine as an option on their health plan. 

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Pohl Transportation Hosts Trucks Are For Girls Event

Pohl Transportation, Inc. hosted Girl Scout Troops 21202 and 20454 to participate in a Women in Trucking Girl Scout Event at their office.

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What You Should Know Before Buying a Truck

By Fran Bernard

If you have always dreamed of owning your own truck, there are a few questions you have to ask. Trucks are not cheap. Even used, you can expect to pay well over $40,000. Since most people don’t have that kind of cash lying around, you may ask yourself, how should I buy my truck?

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How Promoting Employee Happiness Benefits Everyone

Happy employees positively affect workplace operations. Statistics show that companies that foster employee happiness outperform their competitors by 20%It’s no surprise, then, that some companies are taking more active measures to promote positive employee experiences. 

In 2015, Airbnb became one of the most notable companies to tackle the topic of employee happiness by hiring someone whose role was specifically dedicated to managing and improving their employee’s experiences. At the time, they transitioned their Chief Human Resources Officer into their shiny new position, the Head of Employee Experience. 

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Case Study: How to Build An Inclusive Workplace

Workplace diversity is critical to maintaining a competitive edge in business today. The varied perspectives of employees fuels greater idea generation, problem solving and innovation, which overall strengthens the company. However, many companies often don’t know how to build an inclusive and diverse work environment for its employees.  

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5 Tips for Marketing to Women

Planning a marketing campaign of your own? Connect more effectively with a female audience by utilizing these strategies:

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Secrets for a Successful Driving Career

Successful women who have found career satisfaction in trucking say it’s important to own your career, be passionate about it, and always be true to yourself. They share practical advice on what keeps them excited about getting behind the wheel.

Take control of your career.

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Staying Safe on the Road

Safety is a top concern for women drivers, according to the Women In Trucking Association’s Best Practices Guide to Increasing Women Drivers in the Industry. When asked to rate how safe they feel on a scale of 1–10, the average response for female drivers was just 4.4.

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Five Tips for a Healthy Lifestyle on the Road

Working out of a truck can create roadblocks to healthy living. Typically, drivers don’t have set schedules, rely on truck stops for nourishment and sit for long stretches of time. Over time, this can lead to various health problems, including weight gain, back pain and lethargy.

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Why Women-Owned Transportation Businesses Thrive

The number of women-owned businesses is growing 2.5 times faster than the national average and has more than doubled in 20 years, according to American Express’ annual State of Women-Owned Businesses Report.  

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HR: 2020 Limits | 401-k, HSA's, HDHP's, FSA's

High-deductible health plans are replacing many traditional health plans, SHRM's 2019 Employee Benefits survey shows. This year, 59 percent of employers offered a HDHP linked to a savings/spending account, and 56 percent offered an HSA, according to the survey, which received 2,763 responses among a random sample of Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) members.

The FSA limit on carrying over unspent funds at the end of the year creates challenges for individuals who, for one reason or another, cannot accurately forecast the coming year’s medical expenses. Let's recall that in 2013, the IRS softened the “use it or lose it” rule to allow a $500 carryover per year. Directing the Secretary of the Treasury to increase the current $500 carryover allotment is welcome news to individuals who do not always exhaust their FSA accounts as anticipated. 

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How to Write Impactful Job Descriptions

64% of applicants wouldn’t respond to a job posting with a poorly written or confusing job title. And 60% find jargon to be annoying. Writing effective job descriptions is a challenging task, but it has a major impact on the quality of applicants your business receives. Small businesses can be especially susceptible to poorly written job descriptions — with a smaller staff and more at stake per individual performance. So, attracting the right talent is critical to business success.

Often, job descriptions are written based on a template or use a framework that’s a one-size-fits-all, generalized version of a role written from a company viewpoint. For experienced workers who aren’t in a hurry or are more passive about finding work, this approach isn’t going to grab the attention of highly skilled individuals looking for an exciting new challenge. Using a checklist of responsibilities and the skills and qualifications necessary to accomplish them doesn’t work. And for small businesses or start-ups who don’t have a brand identity to leverage, making your description something meaningful, interesting, and informative is critical.

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J.B. Hunt Hosts Trucks are for Girls Event

Recently, J.B. Hunt’s GROW hosted the inaugural Trucks are for Girls event in Fayetteville, Ark. The event was powered by the Women In Trucking Association through their Girl Scout Transportation Patch program. Thirty Girl Scouts from the Northwest Arkansas area participated in the event which helped educate them on supply chain logistics.

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What Does Empowering Women Mean to You?

This is a question I often hear when people learn that I’ve written a book that empowers women and that I speak at many women’s conferences.

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Did You Ride the Mechanical Bull?

Did you attend the WIT Accelerate! Conference this year? I was a first-time attendee, thrilled for the opportunity to speak at one of your breakout sessions. I arrived early enough to attend the first night’s networking party—the State Fair Bash. There’s nothing like walking into a huge conference center ballroom, brightly decorated with State Fair themed balloon art, and a thousand people in attendance. Bright lights, vendor booths, corn dogs and cocktails. And tucked between the popcorn stand and one of the open bars was a mechanical bull. Yes, a bull—as in John Travolta in the movie Urban Cowboy for those of you who remember the 80s.  

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Human Resources and Talent Management- Mental Health and Wellbeing Perspectives

Few people in the transportation industry would argue with the statement that professional driving can be a very unhealthy occupation.  Physically, the long hours sitting behind the wheel, lack of exercise (or for many OTR drivers little physical movement at all) and easy access to unhealthy food and drinks all take their toll on driver health.  

However, what often goes unnoticed is the condition of professional driver mental health. The professional driver lifestyle – social isolation, the cumulative stress associated with safely handling an 80,000 pound vehicle through traffic, separation from family and the related issues that extended family separation creates - can lead to serious mental health conditions. The severity of those mental health conditions is obvious in data like this:

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Is It Time to Self-Insure Your Health Plan?

Self-insured health plans traditionally have been more popular with larger companies, with 250 or more employees.  With rising healthcare costs and ACA fees for fully insured plans, self-insured (a.k.a. self-funded, and or partially self-funded) plans are gaining popularity among small and medium-sized businesses.

What many employers like about self-insuring (and related alternative funding options) is access to knowing how the plan is spending. Accessibility to trends, usage, and limited analytical data are also helpful. In addition a self-insured plan is governed by ERISA (Federal laws) as opposed to your state’s laws, offering flexibility in designing your plan, with a uniformity of plan design should you have out-of-state locations.

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Looking for a Good Truck Driving School?

Looking for a Good Truck Driving School?

Check out the rest, and go with the Best!
Things to look for when choosing a Truck Driving School:

By Fran Bernard, International Trucking School of Michigan


Different Types of Truck Driving Schools


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Health and Benefits Options For Members: What This Means for Member Companies

Recently the Women In Trucking (WIT) Association President & CEO, Ellen Voie, was asked about WIT providing health insurance and employee benefits options for members. With insurance and benefits being such a big part of employee retention and attraction today, does it work for WIT Member Companies? To help explain this landscape, Ellen sat down with industry experts, Joe Simon of AON, and Cheryl Blake of OneDigital Health and Benefits to provide some thoughtful context. 

Joe Simon: “Employee benefits and the betterment of employees was not taken lightly by WIT, so we researched ways to assist member companies with affordable options provided by quality carriers. After about three years of studying the options presented here made sense.”

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WIT Honors Driver at the Richard Crane Memorial Truck Show

For 24 years, the Richard Crane Memorial Truck Show has been a highlight for the residents of St. Ignace, Michigan. This year’s event took place September 15. Hundreds of trucks crossed the Mackinac Bridge with their horns blaring and lights blazing as they made their way over the five-mile bridge. Fran (Crane) Bernard and her brother, Rick Crane, have been the driving force behind this annual event which honors their father, Richard Crane, a former driver, truck owner and founder of the American Truck Driving Schools. 

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