Restoring Success: Are You On Board with Employee On-Boarding?
One of the biggest challenges that restoration companies have faced this past year is finding new talent. Not just talent, but, people with potential, people with a great attitude.
As an industry, I am certain we have invested a great deal in recruiting and hiring new people this past year. Between dollars spent, time, paperwork, clearances, physicals, and training, we make a huge investment in someone before they even have the opportunity to be a productive member of the team.
Part of the hiring process is a commitment to the new employee as an employer. Many employers, myself included, make a commitment to offer opportunity. We also commit to supplying the tools and support for career growth. I tell people they can be anything that they want to be and have opportunity to grow. Welcome to our company – You are on the path to become a professional restorer!
Some recent observations within my own restoration company had me reflecting on my own first professional experience. As a young college graduate, I reported for my first day of work in a public accounting firm and was beyond eager. I had visions of my rise to the top. I could not wait to work long hours and show the world what I could do in my chosen profession. I reported early the first day and was sent to the human resource office where paperwork and some procedures were reviewed. I was issued a large vinyl bag (a bowling ball?). I sat in my new, empty office with very little but the large vinyl bag; I began feeling anxious.
I sat there having no idea what was in the bag. It was an adding machine! (I can’t believe that I just told everyone this!) In all of my business preparation courses in high school and after four years of college, I was never exposed to nor taught how to use an adding machine. At the time, an adding machine was the most basic piece of office equipment, essential, and part of your being, in the accounting industry.