Need help recruiting workers? Follow these ideas from Alabama business leaders | Columnists

Need help recruiting workers? Follow these ideas from Alabama business leaders | Columnists

Like most companies, for salary employees and employees of the two older workforce generations, conversations are centered around benefits, flexibility, work-from-home options and how well your company takes care of its employees.

But what if the situation is reversed and you don’t have a labor pool to hire from?

“We spent time looking at why people were leaving and started addressing it,” says Larry Burton of Wellborn Cabinet, which is the largest cabinet manufacturer in the US, and manages to get 1,400 employees to drive 30 minutes one way to work every day.

Wellborn Cabinet knew they had to bring the people to them and set long-term strategies in motion to move toward becoming not just a place people wanted to work, but THE place people wanted to work in Clay County.

Their benefits for employees and amenities are extensive – hiring bonuses, Pal Pay bonuses for getting your friends hired, on-site daycare for up to 120 children, First-Aid Clinic with a full-time nurse practitioner and RN, recreation areas, ride share programs, cafeteria, modern workout facility, even a 35-acre fishing pond open to employees, and a skeet shooting range.

Understandably you may not have room to add a fishing pond to your property, but other best practices emerged from the conversation, like re-recruiting your internal team first and understanding that current employees are your biggest billboards for better or worse.

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