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Making the shop a friendly place to work and learn encourages Wyckam's employees to tackle new challenges.
The company handles lots of varied projects, such as this mooring cover for a Thistle sailboat, being worked
on by team member Mark Coats. The sewing machine is recessed into the floor to allow for easier sewing
and handling of large covers and sails. Photo: Wyckam LLC.

bring in young people to tour facilities,
ask questions and get a feel for what
MKM is all about."
FINDING, ATTRACTING, INDUCING
At MKM, the best referrals often come
from current employees or word of
mouth, says Hickey. This is the case for
most employers. In fact, Ritsema says he's
recruited about two-thirds of his staff in
this way. Still, there are other resources,
such as temp agencies, online job posting
sites and social media.
Jaclyn Kirkwood, vice president of
operations for Goodwin-Cole Company
Inc., uses a temp agency, as well as postings
on Facebook, Craigslist and Instagram.
She also reaches out to military-affiliated
job placement companies and recruiters.
Headquartered in Sacramento, Calif.,
the company custom-designs shade
products including drop-roller shades and
awnings, fabric window shade coverings,
and ornamental iron and metal awnings.
The company's hiring is complicated by
its stringent background requirements-
implemented because employees work in

people's homes-which can be a barrier
to recruiting, Kirkwood says.
Goodwin-Cole currently has 24
employees, with turnover hitting around
8 percent, a stability achieved thanks in
part to the company's effort to pay good
wages. Amy Poe has also found it necessary
to offer a higher starting wage to attract
workers. Wyckam had to raise its prices
as a result, but Poe says the market has
tolerated this. Other inducements include
allowing employees to take personal time
off when needed and providing vacation
and sick time-benefits Poe describes as
"basic necessities" in today's labor market.
For Milliken, providing professional
development opportunities, along with
a menu of other benefits, has proven
essential for attracting employees, says
Haydamack, explaining that today's
workers want to be actively engaged and
challenged. Candidates are also interested
in companies exhibiting a strong sense of
social responsibility.
"They want to join companies that
share their personal values and display a
commitment to doing business the right

When recruiting
new associates,
we routinely share
our strong active
commitment to
the environment,
community service,
safety and diversity.
CRAIG HAYDAMACK
MILLIKEN & COMPANY

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