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
One of the best aspects of my job is that I am asked to speak before audiences of diverse sizes and industries on topics relating to people management. For many years, and to this day, I am asked to speak about how to hire top talent.
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