With it moved up a week in January, it seemed as if the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando was right on top of us after the holidays. If you’re reading this on Monday, I’m on my way back from Florida as you read this blog.
With the show finished for another year, golf operations will soon be turning to tasks to get them ready for the upcoming season. Hopefully, that is like the PGA show and gets here earlier than usual.
As Kevin Thistle will point out in his blog later this week, Coppinwood is holding a job fair in February to fill out its staff for this season. He also points out staff members who leave for university each year eventually graduate, leaving holes that are difficult to fill if they’ve been exemplary employees.
Still, you wish them the best. As Thistle points out, the golf course operator can make a classy move by telling departing employees that the work ethic they exhibited in their duties at the golf club will serve them well in their chosen professions.
Yet, such exemplary employees are difficult to replace since they are often the face of an operation to members or public golfers and key people as that operation looks to reach new levels in customer service. If only we could have them back year after year, but nothing is forever.
As much as an operation would like consistency in its staffing when it comes to hard-working, personable employees, the challenge is maintaining a solid return rate in summer staff members.
That leads us to this week’s GNN Poll question. Do you have a lot of hiring to do when it comes to summer staff this year?
You can cast your vote below or on the GNN home page and if you’d like to offer your comments, please do so in the Comments section below.
How much of your 2013 summer staff will you have to replace with new people this year?
- 26-50 per cent. (35%)
- Below 10 per cent. (26%)
- Above 50 per cent. (22%)
- 11-25 per cent. (17%)