when I was in the Marine Corps everyone below you knew how to do your job. We cross trained and studied about different jobs all the time, therefore if someone was misisng then you could still get the job done. I Have determined in our line of business we will never find good employee's. I mean never will we find the perfect person, to help us grow our business. So stop looking and give up. The only way to find good employee's is to create them. Take them from the ground level and make them into the person you want them to be, teach them how to run your business, and cross train. everyone in my company can run a mowing crew even if the crew leader on thats route is out. Business will continue. We ensure even the lowest man on the job can carry out task if he has to. Also thy will reach a level and maybe go at it alone, so what, even more rewarding. I have even offered to help former employee's to start up a branch in another location. I do however, have a need for a production supervisor, due to a back injury, we are trying to train one of our current employee's but it take a long time for that type of person to be developed.