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
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.