It has been said many times, by many people who swear allegiance to the lumber business, that “sawdust gets in your blood.” Translation: once you fall in love with this industry, it’s going to become a long-term affair! That’s even more true, from my perspective, when you’ve been exposed to it at an
If you’ve hired employees and/or lost employees to competitors during the past year, you know the challenges of the current labor market, and hopefully have taken some proactive steps to address those issues. But for those employers attempting to hire – and keep – entry level employees, the challeng
We’ve been talking this year about the different, sometimes convoluted, routes that bring people into the world of wholesale lumber. A consistent theme is emerging, which suggests that once you do find your way in, there’s no looking back.
In a previous article, we talked about some of the unique compensation challenges that occur in this tight labor market when hiring new employees. This month we’re focusing on some ideas for retaining your best employees in this same tight labor market.
Careers in the lumber industry may be forged from family connections and birthrights, serendipitous circumstances, or carefully planned academic study, among other pathways. Whatever road gets you here, you will undoubtedly encounter plenty of well-intentioned counsel along the way