Pay good money, treat your employees with respect, and walk away from
ideas like human beings as "resources," or "human capital."
We have a lot of Aldi grocery stores around here, in the Chicago
suburbs. The company is headquartered here. They pay $14/hr. for their
in-store folks, with benefits and so forth. The rest of the
supermarkets pay around $8/hr. I think.
The results are VERY dedicated employee responses! Nobody quits. In a
recent "employees wanted" ad, taking maybe 4 lines in a blurred
classified ad, lost amidst other ads, they had hundreds and hundreds of
How come? Because people---human beings---are entirely fed up with the
modern corporate mentality. I believe most people who are actually
*doing* the work in a business expect the owners and supervising
management to understand all the ins and outs of whatever job the
employee is doing. Too often, those "management types" have such a total
disconnect from the reality of the business, as to appear to be clowns.
Treat people right, and they`re respond with interest, dedication,
loyalty, and enthusiasm. Finding the right people comes down to having
solid people skills yourself, so you can judge someone`s character
during an interview.