Last fall, I found myself on one end of a videoconference, using a PowerPoint presentation to describe the ins and outs of how to sell lumber. While that’s not so unusual—we at Universal Forest Products, Inc. (UFPI) often do this type of thing to orient new trainees
Last month we talked about the tight labor market and some of the difficulties it will present for employers during 2019 and beyond. This month’s focus is the unique compensation challenges that occur when hiring a new employee.
Here’s the too-frequent dilemma. You find the perfect candidate for
When I entered the lumber industry more than a decade ago, I had no exposure to and, frankly, no interest in the industry – what interested me was paying the bills. I was fresh out of college, unsure of my next steps, and in need of a job while I tried to figure it all out.
Recruiting new employees and retaining current employees was a difficult task for many employers during 2018. And 2019 will continue to present many of the same challenges. The decade since the Great Recession has seen high unemployment rates, slow job growth, and slower wage growth. But all that
The composition of the American workforce has been changing and will continue to evolve. Whereas regular employment used to be almost the only classification of worker, now more and more in the “gig economy” people are hired as temporary employees or independent contractors.