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  1. #1
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    How do you explain....?

    Here's my situation.. I have a respectable business in a small town. I pay the highest hourly wage around. I work the business side, but I am mostly in the field.

    I only have one other technician besides me. The economy is slow. All of the local contractors are laying off technicians truthfully everyone is working a skeleton crew if any crew at all. Some contractors had to start getting their hands dirty again..

    All things considered I have a good business but weather is good and times are tough. How do I keep my employee from thinking he is better off with me than trying to go out on his own (and possibly take some of my business with him) or find another contractor to work for.

    I mean I certainly would never tell a guy how to live his life we all have to eat. But he's a valuable asset and I reassure him of this but he seems distant and interested in side work.

    I'm thinking that they're might be nothing else to do, I mean if he decides to leave he's going to leave, and I can't afford to pay him more. I'm afraid money is the primary issue but like I said I know for a fact at least in this area he won't find a higher paying job..

    Hate to lost an employee like him but what worries me more is he might be the type to try and quote "steal my business"...which I know might be complicated because customers like who they like..just seems like it might be crippling to a small business such as ours..

    Might be fear more than anything..any other views?
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    If he is the other technician beside your self and he is as valuable an asset as you indicaate, then a partnership deal would certainly put his interest in the right place and keep it there.

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    Sit down face to face, and talk to him. Lay the cards on the table. Both of you need to be honest with each other. That's the first things that come to my mind anyway.

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    Both valid points. This may be wrong of me, but I don't do partnerships. It's been a family business and I won't risk that. Sorry..never seen a good partnership but that may just be my preference.

    Hate to ruin a friendship as well. I have a good relationship with all the other contractors maybe the best I can hope for is we can work together in the future.

    Longer I think about it the more I realize it's not a problem for me to solve. I guess it's his.. and if he leaves and if he does take business. I just have to keep doing what I'm doing and try to make it through the tough times and offer as best a service as I can.
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    be it a business like yous or one with 250 employees....there is always the chance someone will go out on there own and take customers that are "loyal" to that tech.

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    A 50/50 partnership is not what I meant. Give him a personal interest, an opportunity to create his own salary ie: percentage of his service tickets, commission on his sales leads or maintenance contracts. Do something or provide something that no one else will. It sounds like he's a valuable asset and you should show him that. It sounds to me like if he has "loyal" customers, his loyalty is important to you and together you could build on your customer base.

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    Dutty, this probably should be in B&M. You have the posts, did you apply yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by the dangling wrangler View Post
    Sit down face to face, and talk to him. Lay the cards on the table. Both of you need to be honest with each other. That's the first things that come to my mind anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yellowirenut View Post
    be it a business like yous or one with 250 employees....there is always the chance someone will go out on there own and take customers that are "loyal" to that tech.

    In many fields, agreeing to a "noncompete agreement" is often a requirement for employment. That means if the employee leaves, he cannot open or operate a similar business (nor provide that service for another business in some fields) within x miles of the headquarters location. They are enforceable, too.

    You might want to consider that, as should just about everyone else.
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    I applied for the pro membership but haven't heard anything back..been two days or so..

    Also the interest in the company is a nice idea. Just don't know how to afford it or make it work.

    I did tell him that when and if we grew enough I'd let him run his own installation crew and be lead man. Which would put him in a management position which can grow and grow. Would love to do that. Just not enough work to do that right now.

    Maybe I should talk to him about that again.

    I really like the idea of that noncompete agreement I have never heard of that. Would be a good policy to have in a small town where it's hard to afford losing any business.

    All things that I need to think about..and hope the pro app goes through soon.
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    and only an idiot would sign! IMHO

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    Lol I was thinking that also..but hey..some people don't want they're own business..
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    Quote Originally Posted by the dangling wrangler View Post
    Dutty, this probably should be in B&M. You have the posts, did you apply yet?
    Then the members of this site that are not allowed in the B & M won't be able to benifit from the advice given by others.
    Beware of advice given by some guy on the Internet.

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