A lot of us are now working in the gig economy, which is an economy of increasingly atomized freelancers who work flexibly and have to work hard to maintain their work standards with clients that come and go from day-to-day. Many truck drivers are working in such an atomized way and there is no denying that it can be lonely work. However, there are ways to feel connected to a community even if you’re far away from them.
Find places to chat
It’s not just truckers or freelance workers who are feeling increasingly atomized and removed from a community. It’s just about everyone. This is why you can find forums and social media groups for gatherings of people, even very diverse and niche types of groups. For instance, you might find a trucking subreddit to share stories and recommendations with or a social media group that is mostly about chatting while out on the road. You will start to recognise familiar names and faces and you might even end up making some fast friends.
Share the references
There is nothing that can help build a sense of community with the drivers that you connect with, be it through forums, social media groups, or otherwise, that having the same references to look back on. Some of the best at forging good bonds are those that make us laugh. As such, you can make an impression and foster friendships with some good truck driver memes. It works as a great conversation starter, especially if they are based on instances that you and other drivers can so easily relate to.
Stay connected to your family
If driving can feel a little lonely, then it’s not just your work community you should consider trying to find your relationships with. You should take the time to try and stay connected with those you are away from, as well, including your family and friends. For instance, you can make a habit of making zoom calls during your breaks, checking in before you go to bed, and even having watch-parties when you have time off if you’re out of town for more than a day.
Foster good client relationships
Aside from other drivers and your friends and family, your work world and community might also be comprised of the clients that you drive with. If you find yourself doing jobs for the same client time and time again, then you might take steps to foster a better connection with them. Try and strike up a conversation with the person you’re working with and see if you can develop a rapport. Not only can it help you make some work friends on the road, but it can also improve your chances of getting more work from them in the future, too. This can help you improve your work-life balance, as you don’t need to spend quite as much time looking for work.
The feeling of a shared community can be important for any kind of career and when you’re as loosely connected to your colleagues as a driver is, you have to put a little effort into building that yourself.