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  • Finding Good Employees ? Are We Crazy

    From the beginning we have had a problem with finding good people.

    We pay more than our competitors .

    We offer paid holidays, paid vacation and paid sick days.

    We have tried to find new people from :

    Indeed.com , Craigslist , Facebook and Word of Mouth


    We have been faced with some shocking situations when employees get fired or quit.


    1. We had an employee we fired because she was embossing/stealing money ($20,000) from our company


    2. We had an employee we let go and he said to us that if we didnt pay him a bribe of $5,000 he would try to close out company down by lying to the IRS. We didnt pay of course because we had nothing to fear from the IRS as we are 100% honest .


    3. We had an employee quit because she said the job was to stressful and she wanted to spend more time with her kids. Then she filled a FAKE claim of harassment against us ( said she feared for her life) to try and get unemployment money. We won the case, because we never did anything 100% false. But the allegation really hurt , because we treated this person like a daughter.


    4. We had an employee Transition from FEMALE to MALE , during their employment . We fully supported them. Even though we don’t offer insurance . We helped pay for her/his medical bills and went with her to doctors appointment ( because he didnt want to go alone). We even stood up for him to others as far as being “judged” . He would run and hide when a customer came in that had met him as a female, or before the change. I told him you have to be proud of who you are and you can’t hide from customers. Its your job to speak to them. Yet, he quit too and blamed us.


    5. We had an interview set up for a person this Tuesday. The job interview was set and confirmed twice for 3:30,…….at 3:00 she called and said she would be 15 minutes late, at 3:40 they called again and said they were almost there, at 4:00 she still had not shown up. I had to leave for another meeting. At 4:01 she called and when she was told that we waited for 1/2 an hour and had to leave. She screamed at the receptionist that “We were F#cking Rude” and hung up.



    I could go on and on with more weird and shocking stories.


    All of the rest of our company is great, financials, clients, growth every month.

    It is just this issue with staffing.

    We have a 2 part interview process, we ask detailed questions.

    We don’t just go with just anyone.

    We tell the people in advance that the job of working in printing is hard.

    I feel like we are giving everything we can to each employee.

    Yes, we are always made out to be the bad guy.


    I guess I am wondering what am I doing wrong ?

    If we keep having problems …them maybe we have to look at “us”

    Has anyone had a problem with finding good people?

    How did you solve it?


    Thank You

  • #2
    Sounds like there is a serious black cloud hanging over your company. Our small family business have had the same people for a very long time. Our pressman has been here longer then I have been alive and I am 39.

    Maybe people are getting the impression they can walk all over you? Sounds like a good work environment. We have had a few people in and out but nothing even remotely close to that, everything that has ended has been amicable and we have always parted on speaking terms.

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    • #3
      I'll come work for you. I don't do any of that stuff.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Keith View Post
        I'll come work for you. I don't do any of that stuff.
        If I could only be so lucky,

        you mean you dont also claim to be my best friend ......
        even though I never met you before
        and you just got hired 1 month ago.....then go crazy and rip all those doors off of the cabinets....
        when you see I am hiring more employees ...because you think they could be a threat to our relationship that you made up in your mind.
        #singlewhitefemalemovie

        OK thats good you are hired...LOL
        p.s. yes that actually happened, no kidding

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        • #5
          Wow. Yeah, I don't do any of that stuff either. Curious, where are you located?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Keith View Post
            Wow. Yeah, I don't do any of that stuff either. Curious, where are you located?
            We are located in Las Vegas, Nevada

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            • #7
              My business community gets fantastic hires from Coast Guard families who are stationed here, though they move on after 24 to 36 months. You might reach out to your local public safety community about hiring family members. Besides military families, wildland firefighters in their off season could be good hires. A college intern program with decent pay is another idea.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by PrintingFools View Post

                We are located in Las Vegas, Nevada
                I’d be interested in joining a team of Crazies. If I was hired, would you be willing to relocate to my State?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by alibryan View Post

                  I’d be interested in joining a team of Crazies. If I was hired, would you be willing to relocate to my State?
                  I guffawed.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by alibryan View Post

                    I’d be interested in joining a team of Crazies. If I was hired, would you be willing to relocate to my State?
                    LOL, you almost got me for a sec.
                    Then I read it again and was like, " what the heck" hahahaha.

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                    • #11
                      Hello PrintingFools,


                      You look like a nice outfit to work for, so any chance of an old "Printers Devil" looking for a part time " Smudger of Ink on Paper" work, including a little sunshine ???

                      Regards, Alois

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by PrintingFools View Post

                        We are located in Las Vegas, Nevada
                        Ah good ole Las Vegas. I’m actually heading out there this weekend to visit a friend.

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                        • #13
                          Sounds like you are trying to be Mummy and Daddy to your employees, I can apreciate that but in reality it never works, in a professional Environment the "Family" Approach will only get you so far.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Slammer View Post
                            Sounds like you are trying to be Mummy and Daddy to your employees, I can appreciate that but in reality it never works, in a professional Environment the "Family" Approach will only get you so far.
                            In an adult environment that delicately named "family approach" is counterproductive.

                            When you nurture immaturity, the most mature people will eventually leave because their legitimate needs are queued up behind the "need of the week".

                            Some people name this "family approach" as "co-dependent behavior". Another way to spell "co-dependent" is "sucker".

                            Call it for what it is.

                            I suggest that you be much more careful about judging character in the hiring process. Unfortunately, character is really hard for most people to judge.

                            Bring someone into the hiring process whose character judgment skills seem to be really good. That might be all that's needed for a good beginning.
                            Last edited by davarino; 05-28-2019, 01:00 PM.

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                            • #15
                              We tell the people in advance that the job of working in printing is hard.
                              Is working in printing really harder than anything else?
                              I've never worked in any other industry so I wouldn't know
                              Just believe in doing a good day's work for a good day's pay

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