Thom McAnally

The Hiring Zone: Remote Offices – This is How We Do It!

Sitting in my Home Office, after 27 years of working from home, I get it. The perks that come with working from home are great and the freedoms that come with it are priceless. There are downsides too. If you haven’t worked from home long term, I will just say that I hope your positives...

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September 2019
Issue #11242
Page 84
Thom McAnally

The Hiring Zone: Bonus Plan or Performance Plan—Is One Strategy Better?

The goal is the same for both a bonus plan and a performance plan—reward an employee for performance. The higher the position, the more defined are the goals. Not many bonuses that are consistently over $10k are subjective. It can’t be about how well departments out of your control...

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August 2019
Issue #11241
Page 80
Thom McAnally

The Hiring Zone: Hiring Zone & JobLine: Two Industry-Specific Hiring Options

When it comes to finding the right industry-experienced person to fill a key role, like a designer or plant manager, you have several options. You can DIY and network with employees and industry contacts, engage a recruiter, or place ads and screen candidates internally. I can’t speak to...

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June 2019
Issue #11239
Page 80
Stan Sias

Question of the Day: Where Can I Find Truss Technicians?

Stan Sias

 “I’ve looked everywhere, even at my competitors, where can I find truss technicians?” This is a question heard at some point during almost every conversation with component manufacturers these days. The answer isn’t as simple as saying, “Oh, call Truss...

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May 2019
Issue #11238
Page 60
Thom McAnally

The Hiring Zone: Overtime Blues

The Designer Hiring Season is here and now, and with it comes overtime. It may be a Saturday or two, or even some 9–10 hour days. Short term, managing your labor needs with overtime is a great alternative to the expense and risks of hiring another designer. Long term use may cost you a few...

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May 2019
Issue #11238
Page 74
Thom McAnally

The Hiring Zone: Missing the Point

Missing the point could cover a lot of things, but this month it means considering different perspectives during an interview. Employers and candidates can get trapped into looking at things from just one side. Employers are thinking: What skills and abilities do I need in a candidate, does this...

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April 2019
Issue #11237
Page 74
Thom McAnally

The Hiring Zone: Remote Design in 5 Years

As I gaze into my crystal ball, conjuring up a future based on my 27 years of recruiting and industry experience, I can see big changes ahead for our industry and Remote Designers. Come with me and let’s see what my crystal ball shows…. The Year is 2021: As the mist in my...

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March 2019
Issue #11236
Page 74
Thom McAnally

The Hiring Zone: Career Moves

Before remote design was “the new thing,” designers would relocate to advance. Not just a promotion, but for better pay, better benefits, and stability for the long term. While remote offers flexibility in everything from scheduling to attire, it lacks one thing—proven...

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February 2019
Issue #11235
Page 78
Thom McAnally

The Hiring Zone: Another Customer Survey?

How do you measure customer satisfaction? Do you rely on your P&L, sales perception of your performance, the lost deal, the next order, the no-bid deal, your Google or Yelp score, or all of the above? Maybe the number of followers on your Facebook page? Do you wait for someone to complain or...

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January 2019
Issue #11234
Page 66
Thom McAnally

The Silence is Deafening

If you are a Boomer, Next Gen, Gen Z, Millennial, or Green Martian, you have been effected by the Affordable Care Act, AKA Obamacare. The Affordable Care Act added the employer shared responsibility provisions under section 4980H of the Internal Revenue Code. (IRS) When the affordable...

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December 2018
Issue #10233
Page 66

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