Here we go—that last week before Christmas and many of us drivers are wanting to be home. While we may have plans to be with our families, our company’s operations personnel are collectively performing a major undertaking during the week leading up to Christmas and New Year’s Day.
If you plan to be home, remember how important TIMELY COMMUNICATION from us drivers will be in helping our operations staff get you routed that way. If you want to keep rolling, there will likely be plenty of freight to be moved in most areas.
If you have vacation time booked, it will help when you send in your Mac6, look for that comments area and enter something like “Plz note Vac Tm in _________”.
I’m sure I’m not the only one who has worked in a dispatch position before—and weeks before holidays are stressful enough without the antics of some drivers being added to it. Don’t even get me started on the weather issues.
Speaking of weather, let’s remember that our company has absolutely zero control over Mother Nature. If you’re in a weather situation and it’s obvious that you may not make it home for Christmas, just remember “Better LATE than NEVER!”.
Let’s do what we can to express our appreciation for the efforts of our load planners and asset managers who will be working through a logistical nightmare to get everyone routed to or through home for Christmas. A simple freeform message of “Thank you for everything you do!” will go a long way!
PLEASE be safe out there this week!