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March 4, 2015
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Companies to Hire Despite Labor Challenges

Despite the challenges associated with hiring new employees—namely, the lack of qualified candidates—the majority of companies surveyed in a recent Window & Door study report that hiring will continue on last year’s upward trend. Read More

 
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The Talk

By Emily Kay Thompson
I recently listened to an episode of NPR’s TED Radio Hour that brought about a different perspective on the topic of success.

Mike Rowe, former host of the Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs,” who is currently filming the second season of “Somebody’s Gotta Do It” for CNN, gave this advice in his TED Talk: don’t follow your passion.

He cites the example of a pig farmer in Las Vegas to demonstrate how this strategy leads to success. “[Bob Combs] is one rich pig farmer, and he is good for the environment, and he spends his days doing this incredible service, and he smells like hell, but God bless him,” Rowe muses.

The farmer in question was reportedly offered around $60 million for his farm, which he turned down. Rowe says that if you ask him, did you follow your passion, “he'd laugh at you. He didn't follow his passion. He stepped back and he watched where everybody was going and he went the other way.”

That is a lesson in itself—go your own way. But Rowe’s ultimate point was that there is a marginalization of many jobs, especially trade and manual labor careers—something that most of you have no doubt witnessed first-hand.

“We've declared war on work, as a society, all of us,” he says. He makes the point that our culture sends the message that “Your life would be better if you could work a little less, if you didn't have to work so hard, if you could get home a little earlier, if you could retire a little faster, if you could punch out a little sooner.”

This all comes back to the labor issue that we’ve been talking about over the past few months. Rowe makes the point that “the jobs we hope to make and the jobs we hope to create aren't going to stick unless they're jobs that people want.”

Rowe’s attempt at helping the situation is to award scholarships that men and women can apply to mastering a trade (through the mikeroweWorks Foundation). The intent is to get more skilled laborers into the workforce for industries like ours.

Do you think that efforts like this will bring more workers to our industry down the road? What can we do to make our jobs the ones that people want?

These questions are indeed way bigger than our poll for the week, but start there and then leave a comment and/or email me with your thoughts.
Do you think our industry is attractive to a new generation of workers?
Absolutely
Somewhat
Marginally
Not at all

Why Do You Attend Industry Conferences?
More than 40 percent of respondents to last week’s poll report that they attend conferences because they like to learn about the latest in our industry first-hand, while more than 20 percent say they like to attend for the networking opportunities. See the Full Results 

 
 
The Outside View
Survey: 55% of Builders Say Finding Labor is a Pain Point
From Remodeling
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