After studying bus driver wages compared to the wages of other driver occupations, I am a bit upset with the maltreatment of school bus drivers.
By adopting a decentralized, team-oriented structure, Tulsa's transportation department has shifted decision-making power to the rank and file.
Fortunately, wages are not the driving force for employment. 'Making a difference' is the leading attraction, and many parents respond.
Job satisfaction is the key to retaining drivers. Treat them with respect, compensate them fairly, show your appreciation - or lose them.
I'd like to offer my own advice on dealing with the driver shortage. Some of this is drawn from my experience in the publishing world, which has its own healthy share of turnover.
Consistency, documentation and progressive discipline are the keys to 'successful' termination of drivers and others.
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