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  • If you do not know what a "normal" compensation package is in your industry, you have no point of reference about what to offer. You might be offering too much or not enough. Both extremes will end up costing you money. Many organizations perform salary surveys, including chambers of commerce, business associations and other agencies. Another useful way to better gauge industry... more »
  • Happy New Year. I generally come back to work in a pretty upbeat mood following the holidays, but I confess that going into 2008, my optimism is tempered. No one expects a dramatic upturn in new housing soon, and I’ve seen more than a few economic forecasters say a recession is possible for the coming year. Still, I’m hopeful. The remodeling and replacement market has shown signs of... more »
  • Every company leaves a tremendous amount of human potential untapped because its people are inadequately developed. Provide informal feedback and coaching, cross training, and opportunities for advancement. Train all new employees thoroughly in job requirements immediately upon hiring. Putting a new employee on the job to “sink or swim” results in frustration, sloppy work habits and... more »
  • Since your Window & Door fruitcake is probably still in the mail (and lost in the mail, if you’re lucky) we’d like to take a moment to thank you for another great year and wish you well as you head into the holiday season. Since we had a mid-year launch in 2006, 2007 marks the first full calendar year of WDweekly. We appreciate all of the feedback we’ve received as a result... more »
  • The results are in. Mike Huckabee is the favorite of window and door industry Republican voters in last week’s poll. And Barack Obama was an even greater favorite among industry Democrats two weeks ago. (Do we have a lot of closet Oprah watchers out there?) So, the stage is now set for the window and door industry general election poll. If you had to vote for president today, who would it... more »
  • December is a key time to make business-related purchases in order to gain credit for them on your 2007 tax return. You can buy office supplies for January, renew business publication subscriptions for 2007, purchase advance postage and pre-pay rent for January to receive savings now. Another end-of-year item to consider is making a donation. Whether you donate cash or products to one of your... more »
  • Often overlooked, yet consistently successful, are mentoring systems that give new employees a sense of history and community when they enter a new company environment. By introducing new employees to the office culture immediately, mentors make them feel important and necessary to the company's success. This system also doubles as a way to create strong allegiances within your organization as... more »
  • Well, it seems I’m not the only one who wanted to have a little fun and inaugurate the first-ever window and door industry presidential poll. Last week’s WDweekly poll drew an unprecedented response—with more than 700 votes cast. Okay, they weren’t actually all votes—just over half the responses came from those of you who said you’d vote in this week’s... more »
  • A little over a month from now, the first official votes will be cast in the 2008 presidential campaign. So, not to let CNN, the Wall Street Journal, NBC, the New York Times, etc., etc., have all the fun, I’ve decided it's time for WDweekly to do the first ever window and door industry presidential poll. I can’t promise it will be as meaningful as the other polls—heck, we’... more »
  • Know the skills and personality traits that will make a person successful in a given job, so you can develop job descriptions when you’re hiring. This helps in framing interviews with potential applicants, who in turn learn in advance more about the skills needed for the position. Initially, a job description facilitates the selection of the right employee. But a good job description... more »