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DEI strategies help fleets embrace an evolving workforce – Truck News

December 1, 2023

Melinda Thornton appreciates the opportunity to learn about different cultures and traditions at her workplace. Especially when this experience comes with cake.

The director of human resources at Ayr Motor Express recalls being surprised the first time an employee brought a cake to the office on their birthday, “I was like, ‘Oh, that’s the opposite of our culture, where if it’s your birthday I would bring you a cake,’” Thornton says. “[It’s] the little things like that, that you learn to embrace. And who doesn’t love cake, right?”

The trucking industry, which once had the reputation of a white boys’ club, continues to diversify, bringing new talent to the roads, offices, and maintenance shops. And more companies, like Challenger and Ayr Motor Express, have diversity equity and inclusion (DEI) programs to embrace the changing demographics.

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