Boyd Bros. Transportation, one of the flatbed trucking companies that make up the Daseke family of trucking companies, was recently named as one of the best companies to work for in Alabama in 2014 by Business Alabama Magazine.
This is the second time the company has earned the award in the annual competition, which ranks companies based on the results of employee and employer surveys. Boyd Bros. Transportation was among the top 20 companies honored at an awards ceremony and reception in Birmingham earlier this summer.
Business Alabama Magazine featured the businesses and the awards in its September issue. Boyd Bros. Transportation also made the list in 2012.
“We’re honored and excited about this announcement,” said Lynn Colley, vice president of human resources for Boyd Bros. Transportation. “This is a great achievement and we’re certainly celebrating. One of the best things about this award is the feedback we received from our employees, who were randomly chosen to complete the anonymous surveys. Their responses provided valuable insight into what we’re doing right as well as areas that can be improved.”
Employees were asked to rate their satisfaction with various aspects of the company, such as culture, work environment, pay and benefits. The Pennsylvania-based Best Companies Group, which conducts the annual survey, evaluated the responses and ranked them.
“A few areas where we measured highest were role satisfaction, employees’ opinions of their supervisors, and overall engagement. Employees indicated they feel satisfied in their roles within the organization and like the work they do. They expressed commitment to the company and a willingness to go above and beyond what is expected to improve the bottom-line,” Colley said. “Something that really stood out in this year’s as well as previous survey results was how Boyd Bros. Transportation has a strong family-oriented and family-like culture.”
What Colley really values, particularly as a supervisor herself, is employees reporting they felt they were treated fairly and with respect. Colley also said she and other company managers appreciate the number of company drivers who participated in the random survey.
“We think this participation was particularly good because we’ve made it a priority to engage our drivers, who are out on the road outside of the office for several days at a time,” she said. “The fact that they took the time to participate and respond to the survey tells us that they feel as though they are a part of the team and that their opinions matter. That really meant a lot to us.”
Colley believes several efforts made by the company and its managers and executives have contributed to employees’ high esteem of Boyd Bros. Transportation. Among some of those efforts are:
- Periodic company-wide lunches and celebrations, providing great food and fellowship for employees
- A critical illnesses policy that offers employees additional coverage for five major illnesses or medical conditions – heart attack, renal failure, cancer, stroke and major organ transplant. This benefit provides additional financial support on top of what’s offered by their health insurance, to help them pay deductibles and co-pays and other expenses not covered by health insurance
- A toll-free number that drivers can call anytime to get updates on what’s happening at the company while they are out on the road
- HR Team calls drivers each week to discuss any benefits improvements or updates
- Implementation of quality programs to ensure best performance
- An open-door policy all the way up from a supervisor to the president of the company
- A wellness program for employees
Since the survey was conducted earlier this year, well after Boyd Bros. joined the Daseke family of companies, Colley said it’s good to know that employees believe that the company’s family-oriented culture has not been changed as a result. The survey results show that efforts by managers and top company executives to maintain the company’s family-oriented culture and high employee satisfaction have succeeded, she said.
“Employees remain happy and satisfied with their jobs and the direction of the company after The Boyd Companies joined Daseke,” Colley added. “The survey results clearly reflect that. I think our efforts to communicate what was going to happen throughout the process contributed to that success. Employees appreciated being informed as well as having Don Daseke come out to introduce himself and talk about the positive changes that would occur from the merger before it all happened.”
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