Security Systems News

APR 2017

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NEWS By Spencer Ives YARMOUTH, Maine—A large majority of respondents to Security Systems News' latest news poll say that hiring is a challenge, and 82 percent are looking to fill at least a couple of positions. "The best way to attract 'A' play- ers is to build a culture that those folks find attractive. [This would be] a culture of recognition, meri- tocracy and enthusiasm. Once you accomplish that your business will become the employer of choice for those candidates that you desper- ately need to attract to be success- ful," John Cerasuolo, president and CEO of ADS Security, wrote in. Hiring good employees is a constant struggle according to 81 percent of respondents. An addi- tional 17 percent said that hir- ing can be a challenge for certain positions. "Hiring technicians is News Poll: Finding the right employees is a challenge the most difficult staffing task. Skilled technicians that can pass a background, drug screen, have a clean driving record is challenging. Those that meet [these conditions] that have a good work ethic and fit our company culture is even more difficult. We have started a train- ing program to train technicians from scratch due to the difficulty of Is finding good employees a challenge? Are you currently hiring? What do you look for in a candidate? News Poll based on answers provided by respondents in February and March. Figures may not add up to 100 due to rounding. finding experienced techs that meet the above standards," one reader said. One respondent discussed the particular difficulties in his or her area. "It's especially hard in Mary- land because only licensed electri- cians can pull wires—ANY wires. We can find electricians, but few have any low-voltage experience. And people with low-voltage expe- rience typically are not licensed electricians. When we do find someone, they may or may not fit into our company culture. Unfortu- nately, it's often not until after they are hired that we find that out." Jason Brinton, owner of Brinton Electric Security Services, said, "Our office is based outside of a largely populated area. This has been a constant struggle for us to find good qualified help. There are fewer people with the skills we are looking for in our area. When hir- ing we look for people with a prov- en good work ethic and hire them, then train them to our needs." N EWS Poll see page 7 Majority says that fitting into the company's culture is what's most important in candidates SECURITY SYSTEMS NEWS Ap RI l 2017 www.securitysystemsnews.com NEWS 3

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