Reading is Fundamental to a Remodeler’s Incentive and Charity Programs

Experts say three of the keys to team building are offering education opportunities, having an incentive program, and involving employees in giving back to the community. There are many ways to do any of these, but a remodeling company in Bonita Springs, FL, has developed a great way to bundle them all together.

One of the greatest things about our Roundtables members is their willingness to share innovative ideas about running a better business with their peer groups. Progressive Design Build’s Mike Spreckelmeier recently let us in on what his company’s doing to boost their team’s knowledge and tying it into a benefit for them and for the larger community.

Book Smart

Anyone who borrows, reads, and then writes a report about a book from Progressive’s company library is eligible for a cash reward of $100. Mike says it will give everyone a common vocabulary related to the book and the company. It also offers a concrete reward for doing so.

That’s pretty cool. But this is where it ties into the greater good. Progressive is collecting unwrapped toys at a company gathering in November, to be donated to the local Toys for Tots chapter.

Anyone who collects the $100 dollar reward for reading is also eligible to donate back 25 percent of the winnings toward a toy for the drive. So a team member can end up with $75, a toy for the drive, all while learning.

It’s a win-win-win, and just one of the ways Progressive Design Build gives back to its community.

What’s Your Big (or Small) Idea?

If you’ve found innovative ways to build a more cohesive team, have an unusual incentive program, or if there’s anything else about your business you’d like to share, let us know. You can drop an email to liz@remodelersadvantage.com, or let us know below in the comments. We’d love to hear from you and shine the spotlight on your ideas!

Ep.41: Remodel My Business with Shawn McCadden

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The support and guidance we share with each other has dramatically changed our companies — and our lives — for the better.

Why? Because isolation is the enemy of success.

We know that none of us can ever be as smart as all of us. That is why we share. That is why we succeed.

Roundtables is a world-class peer advisory program that brings together smart, motivated remodeling professionals, just like you, to help one another grow.

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This is the single most impactful thing I have done for myself and my company. I now cannot imagine running my business without it and am happy to tell any peer that I come in contact with that it would benefit them.

April Bettinger, Owner, Nip Tuck Remodeling

Ep. 22: Creating Bonus & Incentive Programs with Robert Criner

It’s a constant conundrum — how to motivate your people. Bonuses and incentives can work, but you have to structure them in a way that speaks to something more meaningful than just extra cash in pocket. Many business owners have tried, many have failed, and some have just given up.

If you fall into the camp of not knowing exactly how (or why) to create a bonus and incentive program, Robert Criner has answers for you.

In this episode, Robert, Tim, and Steve talk about finding the deeper motivation for offering bonuses and incentives. It all revolves around building a team you want to keep around.

Robert is the president of Criner Remodeling in Newport News, VA. Robert founded the company in 1977, and has led it to success and profitability. Robert began working for a remodeling contractor in the summer of 1972, when he started his own one-man operation, and today has a team of 15 professionals. He is deeply involved in the remodeling industry, his community, and takes the time to give back locally and nationally.

The root of a successful program is getting your team excited and involved. Tying rewards to job budgets encourages Production leads to pay attention to what’s being spent on a job, and how it all adds up. Robert tells you how to put a goal-oriented program in place, and the benefits he’s seen, with details such as:

  • How to change behaviors on the job
  • Why dumping a big pile of money on a table makes an impression
  • Structuring your company for employee growth
  • Bonuses vs. incentives and how they motivate differently
  • Including the office staff along with Production in rewards
  • Inspiring envy in your competitors’ employees
  • And so much more…

Above all, keep it simple. Setting clear goals is the first step. And there’s also a definite bonus in it for remodeling business owners — you’ll attract and retain great employees, while making work fun and profitable for everyone.

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