(Quoted from Marshall Atkinson at Atkinsonshirt.com. Full article here.)
For decorated apparel shops with any decent size there are usually a few people on staff that outshine their coworkers every day. Without much effort, I’m sure you can think about someone on your staff that fits this description. At least I hope so.
They just do all the right things consistently. A few times a week you say to yourself, “Boy I’m so happy that they work here!”
But what if they left?
How big of a hole would that create? Probably enormous. They might be the onesfilling your production schedule with orders, or creating those designs your key accounts crave, or producing all the great work on the shop floor. Can you get by without them?
It depends on who is left sitting on the bench. How good is your training program anyway?
So the big elephant in the room is how do we keep that type of talent on our payroll? Here are some strategies that you might employ:
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