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Tips on Hiring the Next Generation of Woodworkers

April 5, 2021

Probably the number one complaint we hear when speaking with most members is their inability to hire and retain quality employees.  People tell us they never hear of a high school student stating that when they graduate they want to be a logger or a woodworker.  This combined with the work ethic of many of the younger workers today, makes it an extremely difficult challenge.

As was discussed in one of our previous Splinter sessions, owners must take responsibility for part of the problem.  As one of the ladies on the call stated, "walk around your shop and ask yourself if you would want to be a young person to come to work here for a number of years?"

Is your work site inviting and a place that presents a good challenge to people so they WANT to come to work for you?  If not, you can put lipstick on a pig, but it is still a pig.

One of the solutions that many companies are instituting includes automation to remove the mindless jobs that require strength only (stacking green lumber) but are always vacant for lack of workers unwilling to do the job on a regular basis.  Labor is an ever-growing problem that will not have an easy fix.  It is important for owners to think "out of the box" to come up with solutions that will save their business going forward.