Qualified Remodeler Magazine

OCT 2018

Qualified Remodeler helps independent remodeling firms to survive, become more professional and more profitable by providing must-have business information, namely best business practices, new product information and timely design ideas.

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6. Attention, 7. Opportunities for innova- tion, 8. Open-mindedness to new ideas, 9. Transparency of progress toward goals and, lastly, they want 10. Fair compensation. We often forget that salary and bene•ts are only a part of the calculation that employees or prospective employees make when they decide to join or re-up with an organization. Many small business owners feel like they are at a disadvantage when it comes to hiring and retaining employees. ƒey feel like the big •rms hold all the cards. But research from Inc. and other sources tells us that is really not true. All of this brings me back to the CCN speaker, Brian Biro. He is a longtime swim coach whose teams had ex- celled over a long period of time. In fact, he is a protégé of the late, legendary college basketball coach John Wooden. Much of what he related was about how people want to feel included in the process and to clearly know their role. He fo- cused on how so much of employees' happiness centers on how well they perceive they are being heard and if they feel important to the group. "When people feel important, they rise," Biro explained. "And when they don't, they leave." So many remodelers report o"ering much higher levels of compensation these days versus just 12 or 24 months ago. Certainly the market has changed, and there is undeniable upward pressure on pay and bene•ts. But don't under- estimate the power of your company's story, its mission and the potential role a person can play within it. | he Certi•ed Contractors Network (CCN) is a peer-group organiza- tion headed by our columnist Scott Siegal and is home to more than 300 contractor members. Roo•ng, siding, windows and replacement baths tend to be the specialties of its membership. Last month, I was fortunate enough to join the group at one of its conferences. As always, the content was focused on solving critical and timely business challenges. And in this time of severe la- bor shortages, there was a workshop by outside speak- er Brian Biro that focused on retaining your people. Here's where it got very interesting: Compensation was not part of the conver- sation. It was all about how you can help your employees feel more engaged and, ultimately, how to boost teamwork and productivity. Like most of you, I've read many articles and attended presentations over the past sev- eral years about how to hire and attract good workers in a time when so few are available. Most have been focused on compensation strategies—o"ering higher salaries along with bene•ts like health care, a matching 401(k), maternity and paternity leave, liberal vacation allowances and so on. ƒis presentation was all about the intangibles—and some would argue more critical factors—in how best to retain people: Good communication, clear goals, support and an overarching sense of purpose. According to Inc. magazine, the top 10 attributes employees want from their job are: 1. Sense of purpose, 2. Clear goals, 3. Responsibility, 4. Autonomy, 5. Flexibility, Don't Focus on Compensation T People want to feel included in the process and to clearly know their role. 6 October 2018 QR QualifiedRemodeler.com EDITORIAL DIRECTOR'S NOTE Patrick L. O'Toole Published by SOLA Group, Inc. ŏîîljk±ĩeƴåţØƚĜƋåƑălj )ƴ±ĺŸƋŅĺØFXƆljƗljŏ îĊƁţĊĊljţƑljljlj Publisher and {±ƋųĜÏĩXţkűŅŅĬå Editorial Director {±ƋųĜÏĩÄkXeÆų±ĺÚŸţÏŅĵ )ƻƋţŏljƑ Senior Editor Kyle Clapham UƼĬåÄkXeÆų±ĺÚŸţÏŅĵ )ƻƋţŏljƁ Managing Editor U±ÏåƼX±ųŸåĺ U±ÏåƼÄkXeÆų±ĺÚŸţÏŅĵ )ƻƋţŏljă Audience Development Donna Heuberger %Ņĺĺ±ÄkXeÆų±ĺÚŸţÏŅĵ Creative Director & Tracy Hegg Production Manager ų±ÏƼÄkXeÆų±ĺÚŸţÏŅĵ Senior Graphic Designer Erika Nygaard )ųĜĩ±ÄkXeÆų±ĺÚŸţÏŅĵ Editorial Advisory Board ƋåŞĘåĺ:ĜÚĬåƼØ:aØe{Ø :{Ø:Ø:Ø{Ø IåüüųåƼBŅĬĬŅƵ±ƼØU%Ø%Ø: aĜÏʱåĬc±čåĬØ:Øe{ ÏŅƋƋţåƴŅĺØ:Øe{Ø :aØ:{Ø:a %Ņĺĺ±ĘĜųåƼØ:Øe{Ø:{ UåĺĺåƋĘ{ţĩŅƵųŅĺŸĩĜØ Midwest and West {±ƚĬ%å:ų±ĺÚĜŸ Sales Manager {±ƚĬÄkXeÆų±ĺÚŸţÏŅĵ )ƻƋţŏljlj Midwest Sales Manager Jessica Fidrocki I域ĜϱÄkXeÆų±ĺÚŸţÏŅĵ )ƻƋţŏŏƁ Midwest Sales Manager ¬±ÏĘƋåĺÆåųč ¬±ÏĘÄkXeÆų±ĺÚŸţÏŅĵ )ƻƋţŏŏă Southeast Sales Manager %±ĺečŅŸƋĜĺ±ÏÏĘĜŅ %±ĺÄkXeÆų±ĺÚŸţÏŅĵ )ƻƋţŏljŏ Strategic Accounts Joanne Naylor IŅ±ĺĺåÄkXeÆų±ĺÚŸţÏŅĵ )ƻƋţŏŏĊ National Automotive ŅĵXƚƋDŽĩå Sales XƚƋDŽĩåÄeƚŸĜĺ域aåÚĜ±ţÏŅĵ Product Showcase/ aĜĩååųĜĺŅ Classifieds aĜĩåÄkXeÆų±ĺÚŸţÏŅĵ )ƻƋţŏljƗ Digital Programs ĜĵƋåĜĺčų±Æåų Manager ĜĵÄkXeÆų±ĺÚŸţÏŅĵ )ƻƋţŏljƆ Projects Manager BåĜÚĜĜåÚĬ BåĜÚĜÄkXeÆų±ĺÚŸţÏŅĵ )ƻƋţŏŏŏ Subscriptions } Circulation Dept. ŠîƆƆšŀƑƗěăŀljĊ }ƚ±ĬĜüĜåÚåĵŅÚåĬåųÄŅĵåÚ±ţÏŅĵ eŞųåüåųųåÚŞƚÆĬĜϱƋĜŅĺ ŅüƋĘåc±ƋĜŅĺ±ĬeŸŸŅÏĜ±ƋĜŅĺŅüƋĘååĵŅÚåĬĜĺčFĺÚƚŸƋųƼ ±ĺÚƋĘåceBåĵŅÚåĬåųŸ

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