Finding and Retaining Employees

July 6, 2021

Without a doubt, the number one complaint we hear from members, is the inability to recruit and retain quality employees.   I wish I had a nickel for every time someone has said, "If I could hire 10 more people, I can increase my sales and be more profitable."

The first thing I ask them is "what are you doing to become an employer of choice?"   Paying help every week is not the correct way to do things or the correct answer.

Most of the younger generation is more concerned with a life/work balance than a work/life balance.  When an owner tells me that "they can only get 60 hours a week out of lumber handlers" it makes you bristle.  Often, you ask, "would you go to work for your firm?" 

Immediately you receive the deer in the headlights look, of what do you mean?  I pay $9.50 per hour for this job.

How many companies are offering potential employees more than a paycheck, and an opportunity to advance in their careers?  Employees today want to know that there is more in life to a physically demanding job for a poor pay.  When people can make more money laying in front of the TV and collecting more in unemployment benefits than working full time, something is wrong. 

Please don't be afraid to ask yourself the next time you are trying to encourage a 22 year old to come to work for you, "would I come here to work for my company?"