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Old 08-28-2013, 11:27 PM
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Quality Employee Retention

This has probably been asking a ton but I can't seem to find the thread. For a very small operation, how do you retain the guys (good ones) you hire during the season to come back the following season? I am losing a lot of good talent (mostly during the initial interview) because I can't provide the hours they are seeking when things slow down. I have thought about going to a salary type deal but it's basically just the same they would make during the season averaged out over 12 months... I am located in MD so snow removal doesn't provide much during the winter except some storms here and there.

Any advice would be appreciated?
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Old 08-28-2013, 11:37 PM
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You can't, if you can't feed them year round, you'll always be looking for new help each season.
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Old 09-01-2013, 08:03 AM
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I always offer a come back bonus and a pay raise. They stay on unemployment during the winter to "get by" then come back and get caught up with the bonus. Works good for me.
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Old 09-02-2013, 05:20 PM
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Good idea on the return bonus thanks
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Old 09-02-2013, 05:35 PM
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Its tough. Fact is you have to compete for employees just like for contracts. You need some commercial accounts that are year round & can at least offer reduced hours in winter.
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Old 09-02-2013, 05:37 PM
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Where you at in Maryland?
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Old 09-27-2013, 07:21 PM
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Hey maelawncare
What amount of a comeback bonus do you offer and what is the hourly wage of those employees
Thanks
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Old 09-27-2013, 08:25 PM
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Where you at in Maryland?
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