Professional Driver Development: Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse

by Miranda Brooks 9. November 2020 10:22

Due to some changes in federal regulations regarding drug and alcohol policies for CMV drivers,

we have had to update our drug and alcohol policy. It now requires you to sign the following documents:

  • Company Drug & Alcohol Policy
  • Consent to Electronic Records & Signatures
  • Limited Query Consent Form 

All of this paperwork is available on the Xpress Mobile App and needs to be signed no later than December 1st, 2020.

 

You can find more information in the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse module of your fall/winter Professional Driver Development. To access it, visit www.USXpressway.com where you’ll find a direct link titled “Professional Driver Development Site.” Remember, though we need you to sign these forms as soon as possible, the rest of your training must be complete by November 13th.

 

New to the Professional Driver Development Site? For a video on how to access your training, visit www.vimeo.com/333594296.

 

If you have any questions about your training assignments or the Professional Driver Development Site, please reach out to your manager or the Professional Development team at professionaldevelopment@usxpress.com.

 

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Driver Referral Has Gone Mobile

by Miranda Brooks 8. November 2020 10:21

You likely all know about our Driver Referral Program. If not, we’ll catch you up. 

 

Right now, if you’re a company driver, you can refer any new hire (not a previous U.S. Xpress driver), and earn some cold hard cash:

 

•$2,000 for every experienced Solo Driver.

•$4,000 for every experienced Team.

 

You’ll receive your bonus once the new hire delivers their first load as a U.S. Xpress driver. Though the Driver Referral Bonus is open to U.S. Xpress company drivers only, there’s no limit to how many referrals you can make.

 

What’s new? Now it’s easier than ever to refer a driver. Just text “Refer” to (423) 436-9588 and our virtual assistant will guide you through the rest, making sure your reference is contacted and, if hired, you get paid. 

 

Rather do it from your computer? No problem. You can access the virtual assistant and get the referral process started here. 

 

Thanks for your help! We can’t wait to meet all the great drivers you bring to the table. 

 

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Professional Driver Development: Harassment & Discrimination in the Workplace

by Miranda Brooks 7. November 2020 10:11

Here at U.S. Xpress, our priority is you. It’s a priority for us to provide a safe and comfortable workplace for everyone on the team – that means a place free of harassment and discrimination. To help us create it, we’re conducting harassment and discrimination training for all team member, explaining what is an is not acceptable behavior as well as how to address unacceptable behavior.  

 

As part of the training, you’ll learn about how to recognize different kinds of harassment, identify those who can commit it, and understand what do to if you or a co-worker is being harassed or discriminated against.  

 

You can easily access “Harassment and Discrimination in the Workplace” and the rest of your fall/winter training by visiting www.USXpressway.com where you’ll find a direct link titled “Professional Driver Development Site.” Remember, you must complete all your training by November 13th.

 

New to the Professional Driver Development Site? For a video on how to access your training, visit www.vimeo.com/333594296.

 

If you have any questions about your training assignments or the Professional Driver Development Site, please reach out to your manager or the Professional Development team at professionaldevelopment@usxpress.com.

 

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Team Member Update: COVID-19

by Miranda Brooks 6. November 2020 08:22

After 7 months of the pandemic, it's understandable people are getting a little lax about following protocols and precautions surrounding the virus. But with over 160 team members having tested positive since, and the CDC predicting another wave of cases throughout the country, we need to stay diligent and do whatever we can to keep ourselves and each other healthy.

 

We are continuing to take special precautions to help keep you healthy, including:

  • Offering masks and cleaning supplies at all service centers and Dedicated locations.
  • Requiring face coverings at all of our locations, including our offices.
  • Asking anyone visiting a service center or Dedicated location to answer health questions prior to entering. If you answer yes to any of the questions, an HR Business Partner will facilitate next steps.
  • Enhancing cleaning protocols and frequency at all service centers and Dedicated locations.

 

We ask that you also do your part by following CDC recommended guidelines:

  •  Maintain social distancing as much as possible.
  •  Wear a face covering whenever you are outside your cab.
  •  Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water aren't available, hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol is a good substitute.
  •  Disinfect frequently touched surfaces on a regular basis.
  • Take breaks in your cab instead of spending time in driver lounges.

 

As always, thank you for all the hard work you’re putting in, especially during such difficult times. Please stay safe.

 

 

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Meet our September Drivers & Trainer of the Month

by Miranda Brooks 5. November 2020 10:17

We think all U.S. Xpress drivers are some of the best Professional Truck Drivers out there. Every day you’re helping support the supply chain and keeping everyone in the country going, particularly during these uncertain times.

 

But we want to recognize a specific few of you who have been beyond Relentless. These drivers have been nominated by their managers and chosen as winners by company leadership based on their outstanding safety records, hours of service compliance, and overall good reputation. Each of them will be recognized with a plaque, a $150 gift certificate to the company store, and an entry to become the 2020 Driver/Trainer of the Year.

 

Now let’s get to it! September’s winners are:

 

Terence M: Dedicated Solo Driver of the Month

“Anything I ask Terence to do, he has a great attitude and is always willing to help out.” – Ginger Orear, Account Supervisor

 

Matt D & Tiyahna M: Dedicated Team Drivers of the Month

“Matt and Tiyahna have been running FedEx Doubles out of Salt Lake City, UT together for almost a year now. I couldn’t be happier to work with these two. Not only can I depend on them to service freight without fail, I can also always count on them to make me laugh. This team makes the best of every load and truly make my job enjoyable. Thank you, Matt and Tiyahna for being amazing drivers!” – Tina Branham, Transportation Supervisor

 

Doug B: Dedicated Slipseat Driver of the Month

“Doug has been with the company for 9 years and 1 month and during this time, has continued to shine and be one of the brightest stars we have on our account. Doug came to the Walmart portion of our dedicated business as OTR support in Gas City, IN. During that time, he proved himself as an indispensable member of our team. In October 2018, he transitioned into a Dedicated driver based out of our Auburn, IN location. Doug has continued to be our “go to” person if we need help with anything.  His work ethic is great, his drive to be the best is evident, and he is one of the nicest people you’d ever hope to meet. We want to thank Doug for all the effort and energy he has put into making sure our Walmart account remains successful. Thank you, Doug, for all you do!” – Brandon Denison, Transportation Manager

 

Kelvin D: Dedicated Owner Operator of the Month

“Kelvin always brightens everyone’s day, always making us laugh. He’s a team player and is willing to do whatever our customer needs. He’s a true asset to our account.” – Laura Fridley, Transportation Manager

 

Jerome J: OTR Solo Driver of the Month

“Jerome is an excellent driver – always on time and willing to do whatever he’s asked, taking extra time to make sure customers are pleased. Plus, he always keeps me updated on what’s going on. He’s the best! I’m blessed to have him on my team.”  - GyJuan Williams, Fleet Support Manger

 

Chuck B & John R: OTR Team Drivers of the Month

“Chuck and John are a great asset to the team. They run a very tight tour and do a great job of pulling off a tricky reset to be able to haul 6 loads a week. They’ve been running this tour for about a year and always do an incredible job. They live in Houston but love being out on the road, racking up miles and servicing freight. Even through weather and wildfires, these two still get the job done safely! They’re always professional and do and excellent job of communicating any potential issues that could become a bigger problem down the road. They’re always thinking several moves ahead – like a game of chess. It’s a pleasure to work with them.” – Nick Whorton, Customer Experience & Operations Rep

 

Ondae T: OTR Owner Operator of the Month

“I knew from the first moment we spoke that Ondae is an exceptional Independent Contractor. He used to be on a team and loves to RUN. There’s no load he won’t take, and I know I can always depend on him to continually strive to excel. He is the 3 “R’s” – respectful, responsible and RELENTLESS!!!” – Tanya Thompson, Fleet Manager

 

Timothy W: Trainer of the Month

“Timothy has been on time for everything I’ve given him. He’s a great communicator and very safe driver.” – Clarence Goines, Fleet Support Manager

 

Join us in giving a big congratulations to all of these men and women for their hard work, dedication, and Relentless attitude as they, and all of you, help keep this country rolling.

 

 

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Driver Podcast Coming Your Way

by Miranda Brooks 4. November 2020 10:21

You heard it here first: to keep you informed and entertained, we’re starting a podcast just for you! It’s called Inside the Lane. In each episode, we’ll talk about company news, answer some of your questions, give you some fun tips and tricks for your life on the road, and hear from some of you! 

 

If you’d like to submit a question, email it to mswan@usxpress.com. We’ll get through as many as we can. If you’d like to be featured to tell some of your stories from the road, give some advice to your fellow drivers, or just chat with our host, we’d love to have you! Again, just email mswan@usxpress.com.

 

We’re excited to get this thing started and hope you enjoy it. Stay tuned for details on the release date.

 

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Reminder: Sign Up for 2021 Benefits

by Miranda Brooks 3. November 2020 08:19

2021 benefits enrollment is going on now through November 13th. This is the only time of year that you can make changes and confirm existing coverage, so it's important that you call.

You can do so in three easy steps!

  1. Check out the 2021 Benefits Guide that was mailed to your home address.
  2. If you are adding a spouse or dependent, go ahead and fax your dependent documents to 866-231-9165. Be sure to include a fax cover sheet with your employee ID on it. Dependent documents are marriage certificates for a spouse and birth certificates for children.
  3. Give us a call at 866-895-8677 between before November 13th. Operators will be taking calls Monday through Friday from 8am to 8pm, EST.

We look forward to helping you and answering any benefits questions you may have!

 

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Reminder: Sign Up for 2021 Benefits

by Miranda Brooks 3. November 2020 08:17

2021 benefits enrollment is going on now through November 13. This is the only time of year that you can make changes and confirm existing coverage, so it's important that you call.

You can do so in three easy steps!

  1. Check out the 2021 Benefits Guide that was mailed to your home address.
  2. If you are adding a spouse or dependent, go ahead and fax your dependent documents to 866-231-9165. Be sure to include a fax cover sheet with your employee ID on it. Dependent documents are marriage certificates for a spouse and birth certificates for children.
  3. Give us a call at 866-895-8677 between before November 13. Operators will be taking calls Monday through Friday from 8am to 8pm, EST.

We look forward to helping you and answering any benefits questions you may have!

 

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Professional Driver Development: Tire Chaining

by Miranda Brooks 2. November 2020 11:09

As the weather gets cooler, it’s important to be prepared for dangerous winter driving conditions. Tire chaining is hopefully something you won’t have to do, but it’s an important skill to have if you ever find yourself in a situation where chaining is your only option to get to a safe location.

 

The Tire Chaining module of your Professional Driver Development training is a step-by-step video tutorial showing how to chain your tires, so you’ll be ready for anything. 

 

You can easily access it and the rest of your training by visiting www.USXpressway.com where you’ll find a direct link titled “Professional Driver Development Site.” Remember, you must complete all your training by November 13th.

 

New to the Professional Driver Development Site? For a video on how to access your training, visit www.vimeo.com/333594296.

 

If you have any questions about your training assignments or the Professional Driver Development Site, please reach out to your manager or the Professional Development team at professionaldevelopment@usxpress.com.

 

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November Social Media Photography Contest

by Miranda Brooks 1. November 2020 10:28

We love seeing your photos from the road, so we're holding a monthly photography contest! Send us your best #truckies for a chance to win a $50 paycheck bonus. You might see your photography featured on our Facebook, Instagram, Service Center TV screens, etc. This month, we'll compile your submissions and let you pick the winner by voting for your favorite on Facebook and Instagram.

 

Here's how it works:

  • Starting now, submit your photos by October 31st through our Facebook page or email them to usxcommunications@usxpress.com.
  • Voting will open at the beginning of the following month on Facebook and Instagram.
  • The photo that receives the most votes ("Likes") wins!

Guidelines for Submissions

 

We're looking for great quality photos to feature. Here are some guidelines about what we're looking for in a photo:

  • Resolution is at least 8 megapixels (default size on most phones).
  • File format is jpg (standard format on most phones).
  • Size is original or the largest setting.
  • Orientation is landscape (taken when phone is held on its side).

Tips for Better Photos:

For those with digital cameras, taking a good photo is a breeze when you know how to adjust your settings. But did you know the same goes for iPhones and Androids? You can take great photos with your phone following these simple tricks:

  • Make sure your lens is clean. Even a speck of dirt or a small finger print can make a photo unfocused and blurry.
  • Avoid blurriness by setting up auto-focus or manually focusing before taking your shot. On nearly all smartphones, you can do it manually simply by tapping the center of the screen. On most digital cameras, you can do this by holding down the shutter button.
  • Ensure a good balance of lightness and darkness by adjusting your exposure or turning on HDR. On nearly all smartphones, exposure can be adjusted by tapping the center of the screen and using the slider that pops up on the side of the screen.
  • Use natural light if possible. Your best bet is to take a photo outside during the day with the sun behind the cameras, in front of whoever or whatever you're photographing.
  • Avid flash when possible. While it's good for taking photos in low light, generally it makes a photo worse by causing glowing eyes or unnatural skin color.

Frame the perfect shot by applying the "rule of thirds". You can either go into your settings to select the option that shows a grid or you can imagine a three-by-three grid on your phone screen. Aim to get the most interesting parts (like people's faces) near the corners of the boxes, where the gridlines meet.  

 

We can't wait to see your photos!

 

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