Low labor, an aging workforce, along with supply-chain pressures, have led to creative (and expensive) solutions
"We honestly have no idea how many signing bonuses walk out the door early. If we're going to have a truck on the dock, we'll just throw a (signing bonus) at the problem until it gets filled."
-Fleet Operations Manager
Average annual fleet turnover
Average cost to replace driver
Of large fleets are unable to fill all desired roles
Rank of pay for reason for driver turnover (followed by 'more home time', 'issues with dispatch/supervisors)
You might already be issuing signing bonuses.
Here's why you need Benefi:
You might already be issuing signing/retention bonuses.
You don't track signing/retention bonuses well.
It's a pain to administer your bonuses on an excel sheet. It's time consuming for your admin staff, and if they're being honest, it's easy to forget if someone has left the organization.
This means hundreds of thousands of dollars of unearned bonuses walks out the door every year.
You're not in the business of lending
If your team is honest, they'd rather not spend valuable time managing, tracking, and trying to collect on outstanding debts owed by ex-drivers. There's a lot of other time-sensitive tasks they'd rather focus on
You're letting money walk out the door.
Even in situations where your team remembers to ask for a signing bonus back if an employee leaves early, you have no recourse if the ex-employee decides not to repay the obligation.
It's generally not worth it to pursue these debts in small claims court individually - but collectively, these losses can be substantial.
For an industry that is increasingly scrutinized for taxes related to owner-operators, firms need to conform tightly to tax and regulatory requirements.
If you want to be able to deduct signing bonuses from other wages owing to the departing employee, you will need to document the bonus as forgivable “loan” to comply with Employment Standards restrictions on deductions from wages. Chances are you aren't doing this, due to the complexities of managing this process.