Relay Trucking To Relieve Truck Drivers Stress – The logistics industry is working on stress reduction with a totally different approach. This could be because their industry is different but then every company has to identify their own pain points. The draft report of the National Logistics Policy Council highlights that recruitment and retention of truck drivers is the biggest growth inhibitor for this industry.
The reality of a truck driver’s life seems to be cumulative stress. Agarwal Packers and Movers were concerned that the pressure on drivers to constantly keep going despite sleep deprivation was not only shortening the normal lifespan of truck drivers but also leading to accidents and other inefficiencies.
They started the concept of ‘Nidra Daan Kendras’ where the drivers could sleep and rest between long drives, free of charge. RIVIGO perceived that the chronic shortage of truck drivers is deep-rooted in the lifestyle of the truck drivers.
They are considered outcasts in society. They stay away from their families for long stretches and they are in constant fear of road accidents because of stretched schedules. For Rivigo, the solution was Relay Trucking which is more efficient and human.
It is an operating model innovation where drivers change over after every few hundred kilometres of driving, through a network of changeover stops called ‘Relay pit-stops’ and then get rostered back to their home base to return to their families every day. The drivers are also referred to as Pilots, which increases their self-esteem.
Stress is our Gordian Knot today and if we have to cut through it, then we have to make ourselves healthy and fit. In order to reach our potential, we cannot wish away stress but we can make ourselves healthier and capable of handling it and even leveraging stress to our advantage for greater productivity.
Intuitively, all of us know that fitness is desirable and the essential link between efficiency and productivity. We will have to move forward step by step and create awareness in employees about the importance of understanding their health. As they say, “There is no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs.”