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Trucking firm considers family before posting schedules

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At Green Bay, WI-based Schneider National, truck drivers can enter events such as a child’s birthday into the transportation firm’s electronic scheduler so supervisors won’t schedule them to be out of town on the big day.

Mike Norder, the company’s recruitment director, says the system allows drivers to have predictable schedules. Drivers can access the scheduler online from inside their trucks, at home or at company headquarters.

The organization pairs the scheduling tool with other work/life perks.

Examples: New drivers can work predictable routes that keep them close to home—a benefit once reserved for senior truckers. Also, the firm’s Home Run program allows three drivers living in the same area to rotate two trucks among assignments, giving each driver a week off after a two-week, out-of-town run. That’s 17 weeks off a year to spend with their families, Norder says.

Since the programs began, turnover has dropped significantly and applications have soared during a normally difficult recruitment time.

Technology for the scheduling system was a “multimillion dollar investment,” Norder says, “but through productivity and retention, we’re hoping to make it up and then some.”

Contact: Mike Norder at

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