For yet another year, Bison employees came together in support of an important cause, in the 10th anniversary of the Challenge for Life, raising funds for CancerCare Manitoba Foundation (read: Case Study: The Anatomy of a Corporate Fundraising Campaign). Our combined efforts were a perfect example of our Mission in Action, displaying our Core Values of Spirit, Service, and Success.
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At Bison Transport, our Drivers are testing out the latest in technologies to help make their jobs easier. If you are a regular visitor to the Bison Transporter, then it’s likely you’ve already met me! I’m Roger, a Company Driver and member of Bison’s Driver’s Advisory Board. I’ve recently been testing the AutoSock, a traction control device alternative to replace tire chains.
I’m overwhelmed and honoured to have won Company Driver of the Year at this year’s Truckload Carriers Association Convention. I was completely shocked, and am immensely humbled by it – I don’t think it’s quite sunk in yet. It was a phenomenal experience to be able to get together with drivers from all over North America and spend two days learning from one another, and the entire weekend is one I won’t soon forget.
In the 2000 movie What Women Want, Nick Marshall (Mel Gibson) gets a whole new outlook on life when a fluke accident gives him the ability to read women's minds. At first, this "gift" provides Nick with way too much information, but he begins to realize that he can use it to good effect, especially when it comes to outwitting his new boss, Darcy Maguire (Helen Hunt).*
Wouldn’t it be nice if we really could read minds? Being able to know why people do the things they do, and to anticipate their actions would be a real asset, even here at Bison!
On International Women’s Day we celebrated the many women at Bison, as well as in the trucking industry – from Drivers to Technicians, to our office staff. At Bison women represent 13% of our total employees.
Women represent 48% of the Canadian labour force, in the trucking industry, though, the numbers tell a different story. Women in the trucking industry represent:
- 3% of drivers
- 3% of technicians
- 11% of management
- 13% of parts technicians
- 18% of dispatchers
- 25% of freight claims/safety and loss prevention specialists
Because we can’t actually read minds like Nick Marshall, to learn more about our Drivers, Bison delivers many surveys, one of them being our Driver Motivation Survey. This survey isn't designed to find out how motivated they are, it is to find out what motivated them to become a professional drivers and why they chose Bison Transport.
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At Bison, our Customer Service Representatives (CSRs) help to keep our business running, and are an integral part of maintaining the company's relationship with our clients.
So, what does it take to be a Customer Service Representative for Bison? We asked Jay, who is one of our CSRs, to share what a typical day looks like for him.
I was at an industry event representing Bison Transport a few months ago, and I was surprised to hear so many senior leaders talking about Millennials and how they were flighty and didn’t want to work.
In fairness, that is a common stereotype. There are many videos, blogs, and memes showing how Millennials are lazy, privileged, and need to be coddled. One of the most popular shots at Millennials is this video. Be warned, the song is extremely catchy!
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As the transportation industry adjusts to new technologies, like electronic logging devices and automated tractors, capacity and price pressures mean that keeping satisfied customers is more important now than ever before. At Bison, an important focus of our business is continuous improvement, our ability to deliver the best customer services to our customers, but also to our Drivers and staff.
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Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is becoming increasingly important. Consumers are paying more attention to where and how the products they’re purchasing are made, and doing their research to align themselves with companies who are committed to their communities. In a 2014 survey done by global marketing research firm, Nielson, 55% of online consumers across 60 countries say they are willing to pay more for products and services provided by companies that are committed to CSR.
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Bison launched 4DX in 2014 as a way of allowing our organization to come together and agree on gaps we see in our business, and then work together to close these gaps.
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