Don’t forget about your employees

A lot of Remodelers I’ve been talking to lately are having staffing questions/issues.

I’m hearing questions like: “Should we hire? Is now the time?”

And issues like: “It is incredibly difficult to find new, qualified workers!” “I can’t seem to find the right people.”

A few thoughts for you:

  1. Remodeling Magazine put out article the other day about the Second Annual National Tradesmen Day that is set for Sept. 21. What a great excuse to do something special for your hardworking team. Have great employees? Take care of them! Recognize them! Thank them! On Sept. 21st (or any day for that matter…) How about you take them breakfast or lunch? Give them a couple hours paid time off? Tickets to a local sporting event or concert? Send a thank you card to their home for them and their spouse/family to see? Bottom line: Don’t take them for granted!
  2. One of my clients in Connecticut is doing the following – they are paying out a ‘new employee bounty.’ They are incentivizing their good employees for bringing in more good employees. After the new employee has been with them for 6 months – the employee that recruited them in gets a hefty ‘new employee bounty.’ It’s worked really well (and the owner happily pays the money out because he knows how hard [and expensive] finding great employees can be.)
  3. From a Remodeling Magazine Facebook post: “A remodeling company hosted a career fair at its offices this past weekend. Where did you find your last hire?” – A good idea and way to meet/interview a lot of people in a hurry.

Comment below and let me know what your hiring ‘best practices’ are.

  • Where do you find your best employees?
  • What are some of the ways you retain your best employees?

I (and your fellow Remodelers) appreciate your thoughts

Scheduling – Best Practice

I was meeting with a Remodeler the other day in Grand Rapids, Michigan and on their wall they had the following:

(Click on images to enlarge)

Direct (and pointed!) question for YOU:

Is this more organized than your upcoming work schedule?

If you are like 90% of the Remodelers I meet with – the answer is Yes!

Here’s a never-ending, will always be in the case TRUTH: Having solid systems and processes in your remodeling business is critical to your success.

Systems don’t have to be complex – they just have to work.

I wanted to share these photos with you as an example of a simple, but solid system in this remodeler’s business.

What system or process in YOUR business are you going to improve this month?

Remodeler: Where does the time go?

First – let me profess:

I, Kyle Hunt, am NOT a Time Management guru.

Every. Single. Day. I battle my productivity and am constantly working on how to squeeze the most out of my day. Some days I succeed. Other days I fail.

Is that the case for you as well?

I WILL say that over the last couple years I have improved my productivity and time management tremendously.

Here are two things that helped me improve:
STEP 1:

Task Dump – I have a running list that contains ALL of the items that I spend my time on. A portion of my list looks like this:

TODAY’S WORK:
-Review Outlook Calendar for today and week
-Check & Respond to Email Inbox

ACTIVE CLIENT WORK
-List of all clients

PROPOSALS
-List of all proposal I have outstanding

MARKETING/SALES
-Blog/Social Media
-Sales & Follow-up

MISCELLANEOUS:
-Organizing Paperwork, Office

FINANCIAL:
-Cash Flow Spreadsheet
-Quick Books (deposits, invoicing, accts receivable)

I print this list out at the start of the day and next to each item I jot down any Action Items that need my attention TODAY (if no action is needed on a certain item, I cross it off)

STEP 2:

I then create my schedule for the day – I actually print out a Daily Schedule Sheet and hand write the Action Items onto it.

Download the “Daily Schedule” template (it’s a PDF) I use here.

At this point I am confident that I have covered all of the Action Items I need to worry about and I have planned out my day.

This organization and game plan usually gets my through the day pretty well. I check things off as I go. My goal is to NOT transfer anything from today’s list until tomorrow… After all, as our buddy Ben Franklin told us:

“Never leave ’till tomorrow which you can do today.”

Remodeler, was this helpful?

My goal with this post was simply to share with you what has worked for me. I know from working closely with you guys that Time Management is an extremely important topic – and perhaps the tips and tools above will allow you to get more out of your day.

There are ALL SORTS of programs out there to help you manage your time, the bottom line is:

The best Time Management System is the one that works for you.

Get organized. Get more work done. Have happier clients. Have a healthier business (AND home life.)