How to Solve for the Unemployment Conundrum

What a crazy year it’s been. The demand for our painting services is truly incredible. We wish we could keep up with the demand but we are undergoing a labor dilemma like never before. In fact, with summer being our high season, we are sadly down 20 painters. We offer a competitive wage, a starting painter receives $15 plus benefits like health insurance, 401k retirement plans and bonuses. Owner and CEO, Kevin Nolan, was interviewed in The Philadelphia Inquirer where he discussed how even though unemployment remains high, businesses like his own are unable to find enough workers.

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Kevin Nolan, president of Nolan Painting, at a job site in Wayne. Nolan Painting is hiring for about 20 positions with starting pay at $15 an hour but is having a hard time filling the positions.

So how do we solve for this situation? We have stopped advertising efforts for recruitment and our new strategy is re-engagement. We kicked off Summer of Fun in June offering employees fun activities to participate. Events range from golf outings to paintball to axe throwing to outdoor waterparks. We want to show our employees we appreciate and value them and in essence, we want to have fun together. We are also offering a referral bonus to employees who bring in talent Employees receive Pay for Performance Bonuses each month. We are also offering 2 weeks PTO just after 1 year of working at Nolan, paid holidays, tool sales, Wawa gift cards for good performances and more incentives are in the works. Painting is hard work, but we make sure our employees are valued. We recently just got awarded Top Workplace for 2021, for the 5th consecutive year. If interested, apply to work at Nolan Painting today — we are always looking to hire friendly, upbeat people.

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