May 17, 2022

The War for Talent

I want to follow up on my last blog. One of the continuing issues I hear every day is the challenge of finding good people—as I keep reading, “The War for Talent.” With wage inflation an issue and a shortage of available talent, glass shops are all looking for ways to attract good people. One way is to outbid the competition. This decision can affect […]

May 10, 2022

What Do You Do When A Good Employee Asks For A Raise?

Paul Daniels wrote a great blog last week in our Tuesdays with Paul.  He wrote about an employee (let’s call her Paula) who walked into the office where she works (surprise…the company is Paul’s Glass Shop) and asks Paul, the owner, for a raise.  This happened in April of this year. Paul and Paula spoke for 10 minutes and Paula told Paul she would like […]

May 3, 2022

When Do You Give a Pay Raise?

How do you accept or turn down a request for a wage increase in your business? This month it’s my turn to start a discussion with Paul Bieber and give him a chance to rebut next week. An issue that we hear all the time is the challenge of finding good people. The other side of this is how we keep our employees, especially when […]

April 26, 2022

What Is Your Bereavement Policy?

All of us have deaths in our lives, no escaping it. The death of a close family member will have an impact on an employee. This cannot be avoided. I strongly urge you to incorporate a policy in your employee manual to allow for specified time-off so no extra strain is placed on an employee. The most serious cases involve the death of a spouse […]

April 19, 2022

Glass Expo Northeast Wrap Up – the Industry is Seeking Knowledge

In the last two weeks, I have had a chance to attend two trade shows: Glass Expo Northeast, which was held in Long Island, New York, and the 2022 Glass and Glazing Forum run by the Finishing Trades Institute in Southern California. It was great to be part of these in-person events. They were both very well attended by vendors as well as trade professionals, […]