I just a few questions for you other guys who seem to know alot such as Jwool and Ed and the rest…
I have a few good employees, Four to be exact that I can always count on, always on time, always do great work, I can leave them alone entirely from the start of a job until the end of the job and know that the job will be done right and with the customer happy. The only problem is that it took me roughly 40 guys in order to find these four. Some I fired, some just didnt think it would be so hard and some just up and quit. I dont know what the problem is, the pay is well I believe. 18-24 a square depending on pitch 12-20 an hour while on the clock so I know it cant be that. Also a few of those guys that up and quit went to work for other companies for awhile then would call back and ask for their jobs back. I dont understand it.
We have had a guy who said he was a foreman at another company not be able to run felt straight if it would save his life, another who couldnt shingle straight if it was already laid out for him. So many stories as im sure you guys all have.
Here is my problem now is that we are starting to expand at a nice pace which im grateful for, the foreman of the four is going to do more of the sales and making sure things are going smooth between the jobs, two of the others are ready to become foreman after proving themselves for quite sometime. The problem I now face is, what would be a good way to find good help? That seems to be the hardest part of the job. I put ads out everywhere and it seems to get me the type of guys you couldnt pay to have them roof your house. Who do you guys tend to look for? What do you most often find yourself asking them? We do have a company where everyone gets along, we go on golf outings and do little things between us 5 just to keep everyone happy so is there anyway to spot a guy that will become a headache before they become a headache?
Anything you guys feel like letting me know about what youve found out from past experiences or anything you think we should do different as a company let me know. My goal is most likely the same as many of yours…To change the name of roofers so that everytime we are mentioned we dont get a moan and are often untrusted by the general public. That we do quality work and all those things.
Thanks guys, sorry about the length again!