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s the world adjusted to life during COVID restrictions,
tents were in greater demand; however, finding
people willing and able to take on the work during
those early months of the pandemic was particularly
difficult, says David Darby, wedding and event
rental specialist at Colonial Heights, Virginia-based Rent-E-Quip.
Eli Tirado, tenting manager at
South Jersey Party Rentals (SJPR) in
Pennsauken, N.J., had the same issue.
" It was extremely difficult, " he says.
" You had a lot of people who were
home. They had nobody watching the
kids. That was keeping a lot of our
main guys from coming back. "
Unable to bring back old workers,
the companies focused on recruiting
new ones. " It really came down
to not being able to get help, " says
Darby. " When we looked around the
area and there were other unskilled
labor jobs being offered at places
like Amazon or Publix or different
warehouses for $15 or $16 an hour
doing work that wasn't as hard, we
ended up increasing our starting
wages to $17 an hour to attract new
employees. "
Tirado concurred. " Our pay rate
had to change dramatically, " he says.
" We started off at about $14 or $15
an hour for labor and jumped to $17,
$18 and $19. "
Tarryn Prosper, vice president of
sales in the tent division at PEAK
Event Services in Woburn, Mass.,
says her company also had to raise
wages. " Wage increases have varied
by role, " she notes. " However,
most [of our] wages increased
15%-30% post-pandemic. "
RETHINKING THE PARADIGM
Once things started opening up
as the pandemic waned, all three
companies say they found the
recruitment process became easier
with more candidates applying and
a greater pool to choose from.
Nonetheless, with the industry
now very much an employee-driven
market, it takes more than just
competitive wages to bring in the right
people. Even though the industry is
seasonal, most of these family-run
businesses are looking to ensure their
long-term success with loyal workers,
whom they can invest in.
" Pre-COVID, we dealt with a lot of
temp companies that were just hiring
labor, " says Tirado. " After COVID, we
kind of tweaked what we did. We
didn't just want to hire what we call a
body, which is just labor. We wanted
to hire people we could train " to
become employees.
" We can be more selective now
because we are now paying top
dollar in our area for our workers, "
he says. " Word of mouth gets around,
and we use the most up-to-date
equipment. We work smarter, not
harder, " he notes. " In this area, I'd say
we're top in technology. " And that, he
adds, is a big draw when it comes to
new recruits.
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