[Podcast] Episode 38: Learning from the Trucking Industry To Solve Your Labor Shortage with Natalie Putnam
So many remodelers can’t reach their production potential because of the labor shortage. With the unemployment rate at a 20-year low, the struggle to find and retain good people is curbing business growth for small-business owners, across industries.
In this episode, Natalie Putnam tells Victoria and Mark about the hiring and retention strategies that have worked for her company in the trucking space, another industry struggling to find great people.
Natalie’s the chief commercial officer at Verst Logistics in Walton, KY. She’s a an industry expert, with 35 years of experience in supply chain, logistics, and trucking. Verst is growing at 24% a year, so Natalie regularly recruits employees and drivers for warehousing, fulfillment, and truck driving — in an area dominated by Amazon, FedEx, and DHL.
While wages play a significant role in recruiting and retention, it’s not the only lever you have, Natalie says. Your company culture can be a bigger factor in making employees accept your job offer. She shares other tactics that have worked for her in hiring and retaining good employees in a highly competitive market, including:
- Expanding your target market — especially toward women
- Using marketing for recruiting
- The power of listening
- Relaxing your requirements — how and why
- Creating a Mentorship program
- Why respect goes farther than cash
- Job-site recruiting
- The rise of robots
- And much more…
Finding good people to work for you is a struggle. But taking some tips from another industry can help you prosper.