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I’m still here.

    I was just checking some posts on this page and realized it’s been awhile since I actually did an update. 

    For those that follow the Facebook and YouTube pages you’ll know I’ve still been posting updates of repairs and other items but the PodCast and Blog posts have some gaps.

[read more=”Click here to Read More” less=”Read Less”]     The last few months have been very busy. A few months ago I had to terminate an employee. I also had another employee that was going to leave to have a baby. That took me from 3 to one. My shifts at my attended store are 7:00 to 12:30 and 12:30 to 6:00, seven days a week. Two employees work 6 shifts each and the third employee works 2 shifts and an additional 3 hours doing inventory.

   When an employee leaves the 2 shift person has the opportunity to take a 6 shift position. This leaves me with 2 shifts per week to do myself. 

    Next was the hiring process. I ended up using a staffing company, two actually at one point, to fill the positions. After a number of turnovers that caused a lot of frustration I was finally able to get my staff back to where it needs to be.

    Part of the issues in this staffing process was to hire people early enough to get them trained and make sure they would stay around long enough and then provide them enough hours to keep them until the expectant employee was finished. This resulted in a few weeks of extra expenses and overlapping shifts.

    As this process was going on I was also working on a presentation for the Florida Coin Laundry Association meeting about re-tooling. Preparing the presentation took quite awhile to put together but gave me the opportunity to look back at the 7 years I have been in the business, how each of the stores have progressed and to look back at how the changes impacted the income and expenses. If your CLA Affiliate is interested in this presentation let me know and we can work something out.

    As many are aware the next big event is the Clean Show, June 5-8 in Las Vegas. I’m finishing the preparation for that trip and planning to record a few PodCasts and set up a number of others as well.

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       You are probably wondering about the picture. I was volunteering at the Cheaha Challenge Bike Races and they wanted to know if somebody would dress as the devil and motivate the riders. 

Stay tuned and keep the comments and questions coming.


Ken Barrett at Eastman Worlds of Work 2017 Oxford AL