George Z· Painting Contractor
This quote is from the thread on subcontractors.I am really close to running an add looking for subs, I am so fed up with employee's this seems like the logical choice
It is such a good discussion, I didn't want to interrupt it.
I was also fed up with employees as well, until the last year or two.
We now have 9 employees on payroll, and still hiring.
Yes, all of them quality people with great potential!
Every single one of them can be trusted!
What changed? I did.
When hiring, the number one question is not
It is:what can you do?
After the right people are aboard, we train them a bit, and let them run with it.who are you?
For example, we are now painting a huge office building and we have 3 months to do it.
After the first floor or two, everyone knows what they are doing,
night after night. I don't have to be there at all.
At the same time, the office employees are in awe!
Our painters are professional, pleasant, polite and yes, very happy.
Every single one of them is treated with respect and are almost given the keys to our company. They refer to the company as "we", "us" etc.
They get paid well, their personal lives and aspirations are important to us.
For example we will go as far as having fresh fruit (in a fruit bowl) fresh juice, bagels etc daily in the staging area (idea borrowed from Google).
These guys are here to stay and their future is connected with ours.
In the meantime, job, after job, they impress the customers so much,
that they tell us often that they would never hire regular painters again.:blush:
There are almost 100 hand written testimonials in our website and if you read
through them, the common theme is the painters.
Company culture with us is number one and leadership aside, it comes from the ground up.
The point is: if we have employee problems the problem lies with us.