In 2018, Gartner released a Women in Supply Chain Survey with AWESOME. The survey showed sustained representation of women in the senior-most ranks of supply chain organizations. It also found that more supply chain leaders are spurring initiatives to attract, retain, and advance women.
Other industries have recognized the benefits of having women in the workforce. For instance, as the trucking industry struggles to overcome the driver shortage, many companies are taking a different approach to recruiting. While the demographic community is widening as different organizations focus their efforts on hiring veterans and recruiting young talent, there is still one key demographic the industry is avoiding - women.
According to the analysis from Omnitracs, women account for only 9% of total drivers. Recruiting female truck drivers provides many benefits going beyond simply filling driver positions. Women are proven to have a lower turnover rate, get in fewer accidents, and be able to drive longer distances than their male counterparts.
In the last year specifically, women had fewer avoidable accidents with 2.77 accidents per 100 drivers versus men, who were involved in 3.38 accidents per 100 drivers. Women have also had fewer rollovers and rear-end collisions. In addition, past years data shows that women averaged 7,995 miles per month versus 7,383 miles logged by men.
Ultimately, hiring women in the trucking industry increases the fleets overall efficiency and productivity due to their lower accident rates and higher miles per month. It would benefit organizations to further expand their recruiting search to the female demographic. Not only can hiring women aid in solving the trucking shortage but it can also provide numerous other benefits.