Trimac Transportation is getting a much-needed dose of employee wellness in the form of mental health and resilience training offered through headversity.
Kara Gillespie, VP of People and Culture at Trimac Transportation has been impressed with headversity and the partnership they have developed, she says, “headversity’s app empowers people to take control of their own mental health and helps educate people that what they are experiencing is normal in today’s fast-paced society. It’s a matter of getting the right tools in people’s hands to build the resiliency we all need these days to keep up with life’s challenges.”
The US and Canadian governments recently deemed truck driving an essential service during the COVID-19 crisis. While many now understand the great importance of maintaining a supply chain, most do not know about the increased stress and stigma that drivers are facing during this time.
“COVID-19 has impacted everybody. People are worried about their family, friends, community, and how it will impact the economy and their jobs. We are all experiencing stress and anxiety levels higher than ever before.”
Gillespie notes, “The transportation industry has been recognized as an essential service required to keep going and deliver much-needed goods and supplies. Without drivers, mechanics, washrack technicians, and dispatchers continuing to do what they do each day, grocery store shelves would be empty, gas stations would run out of fuel, and medical supplies will not get to hospitals.”
“This is a heavy, but honorable burden our industry carries. However, we are hearing how difficult it is for our drivers to find food on the road with restaurants closing, or access to bathrooms or hotels to sleep for the night. This is adding to the stress of what they are already feeling during these unprecedented times.”
All of Trimac’s employees have access to the full suite of mental health support offered by headversity, including self-assessments, tracking tools, and curated content based on personal needs. During this heightened time of stress, these types of tools are valued by organizations as they support the mental health of employees while they are remote.
Gillespie recognizes this platform as a leader.
“There has never been a more important time to take care of the mental health for all of our team members. The headversity app is the perfect tool for us to reach all of our people who are spread out geographically across North America. They can use it anytime, anywhere, in private, in small or large doses, and with full access to vital information and support to help them face each day feeling more empowered over their own mental health and take things one day at a time.”
Dr. Ryan Todd, headversity CEO and also a psychiatrist, said it was important for his company to provide extra support for Trimac staff because they’re braving the front lines of this fight.
“We have so much gratitude for all the heroic employees who continue to work and provide much needed services across Canada. It starts with our mental health, as we all cope with this new reality. For Trimac truck drivers who are out there on the road on their own, we are pleased to offer them complimentary access to our app when resilience is needed most. It’s the least we can do to offer support.”
During these unprecedented and uncertain times, our drivers are relying on others to assist them in providing an essential service. Even a formerly simple task to find hot food has become difficult, and grocery stores are now mostly picked over. This especially hits home with out-of-area drivers who can no longer find a place to rest due to many motels shutting down due to COVID-19 concerns.
“I realized our drivers were struggling to find a space that would take them,” said Jeff Stevens, Operations Manager in Sundre. “I reached out to a local hotel to provide Trimac drivers with a shower, towels, soap, and the ability to rent rooms if needed. The motel was understandably concerned about exposing their business to visitors who might be infected with COVID-19. Once I explained how they could help our drivers provide an essential service, they were happy to allow our drivers to shower and sleep there.”
Trimac has recently started the #ESSENTIAL campaign, not only to highlight that transportation is an essential service, but that we rely upon motels, restaurants, and truck stops to keep our drivers providing an essential service, and keep the supply chain intact.
“Jeff has always been there for his team,” said Besnik Gasi, Area Manager in the North West. “He often gets them soup and coffee on colder days to show his appreciation for their hard work. He’s truly a team player, and exemplary of how an individual can make a difference.”
“We also can’t thank the motel owner enough for allowing our drivers to stay there. We will be sure to use their services for years to come.”
Trimac would like to thank all of the businesses who continue to provide their services so our drivers can continue to work. We are also proud of each and every one of our employees who show the Trimac spirit during these challenging times!
If you monitor the news, you’ve probably noticed something: Truckers are suddenly heroes once again. As the COVID-19 virus continues to spread across the country and more and more business and social activities shut down, everyday people are waking up to the fact that it is truckers who are literally carrying the supplies that they need.
Thank you to McDonald’s and other restaurants, who have ensured our drivers can get hot meals to perform their duties.
You are #essential to our drivers during this crisis!
ATTN DRIVERS: Some McDonald’s locations are offering a designated trucker curbside pick-up area. When you arrive, use the “My McD’s” mobile app to order and choose “curbside service.” Then proceed to wait at the designated trucker pick-up area.
Matt Faure, Trimac’s President and CEO sits down with a Trimac employee each month to discuss topics that are top of mind. It’s a great opportunity to connect and communicate across Trimac’s North American operations. To learn more about Trimac and job opportunities in the Trucking and Transportation Industry, please visit:
Distracted driving has become a lethal epidemic in North America. At any given moment, approximately 700,000 drivers are using an electronic device on our roads. A driver who is texting is over 23 times more likely to have an accident compared to an attentive driver; making texting 2.5 times more dangerous than driving while intoxicated.
We encourage you to join Trimac President and CEO, Matt Faure in taking the Zero Distracted Driving Pledge, and share this message with your family and friends.