Navajo Express this week announced plans to roll out a new driver pay program for new and existing drivers.
Starting June 1, all new drivers with less than five years of driving experience will now be offered guaranteed daily pay for their first year of employment with the Denver-based carrier. Current drivers will also see an increase to their mileage rates and the company will be offering $1,000 for new driver referrals, up from $500 in previous years.
“We realized that we were looking at the way we paid our drivers the wrong way,” said Becky Mackintosh, vice president of Navajo Express. “This new guaranteed pay program allows new drivers to become comfortable with the way we do business, and assures that they are taking the time to learn all of the Navajo process and procedures.
“This change not only benefits the driver, which is the key, but it also extends to other areas of the business by improving on our safety and customer service. By doing things right from the start, we are setting our drivers and our business up for continued success.”
The move is designed to not only assist in the recruitment of new driver talent to the company, but also retain existing drivers.
“We are making a commitment to our drivers that they mean much more to us than just miles,” said Navaho’s President Don Digby, Jr. “We want to be able to give them guaranteed daily pay for being available to work. This takes the pressure off of them and puts it where it belongs, on the support staff in the office. This is our way of showing our drivers they are important and we are building our company around them,”
Additional emphasis will also be placed on driver training and safe operating policies to further the driver-centric focus of Navajo.
Navajo Express, Inc. offers refrigerated, dry van, hazardous materials and other services, and specializes in grocery store deliveries across the lower 48-states.