Sunday, October 27, 2013

Launching a full-scale comeback - By Kaile Warren

Over the past nine months, I have been overwhelmed by the great feedback I get from you, the readers of this paper. It has always been my goal to enlighten and teach you about home improvement. Over the past week, I have been approached by readers ranging in age from 19 to 92, all of whom told me how much they get out of the columns. Additionally, The Windham Eagle has been very supportive of my columns from day one, and I am so grateful for their support. 

 Because of your support, and that of The Windham Eagle, I felt it was time to try and expand the Kaile’s Korner brand. I am pleased to announce this week, that the Kaile’s Korner brand is coming to TV. 

Beginning November 3rd, you will be able to see many of the tips you read about here come to life on TV. The show will air Sundays at 11 a.m. on WPXT-TV.

 As with so many of you, life has been challenging the past few years. Now is the time to launch what I consider my official comeback. The need for improved and concentrated home improvement knowledge has never been greater.

 Whether it is in print or on TV, I want to be your home improvement resource. I take that responsibility very seriously, both here and on TV. I get disgusted with a lot of home improvement TV these days, as it often does more harm than good. I will work hard to insure my brand always gives you the right angle on home improvement.

 In fact, “Giving you the right angle on home improvement” has become the slogan for the Kaile’s Korner brand. If there is a subject matter you would like addressed here or on TV, write me and let me know what it is at, if you would like to be considered to be a guest on my show, let me know that too.

 There may never be a perfect time to start a new venture. Therefore, we must choose what our head and heart tells us is good timing. I hope you enjoy our expanded time together. Thank you.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Recruiting new employees - By Kaile Warren

As a business owner, do you know where and how to successfully recruit new workers? Businesses run ads, post online, hire headhunters, hire temp-to-hire workers and seek word of mouth efforts to aid their recruitment efforts.  While all of these are traditional and may-or-may not be successful, they are nevertheless worth trying. 

I am going to give you some advice on how to further refine who you are looking for, as well as where you are most likely to find the workers you want.

There are four basic types of people:

1.   Belongers- people who want/need to be part of a team or group and typically work in one place for a number of years.

2.   Socially responsible- these are people who go into careers and organizations that specifically work to improve the overall health, safety and welfare of mankind.

3.   Emulators- these are people that not only want to keep up with the Joneses, but want to be noticed by them as well.

4.   Achievers- these are people who set the pace for others to follow.

I believe everyone you know, including yourself, are predominately one of these types. Additionally, most people will be a cross between two of these groups.

When building a recruitment plan for your business, you may want to consider this information:
Say, for example, you decided you want your workers to be belongers and have a strong sense of social responsibility. You may want to direct your recruitment efforts towards military personnel. Military personal have that desire to be part of a group/team. They also have a strong sense of social responsibility, given that they are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to protect the general public. 

I wish I had 1000 words to expound on this topic even further, but you get my point. Develop a deep understanding of the qualities you want your staff to possess. This will not only help you build the culture you want, it will also help you refine your recruitment efforts. Also, knowing the people you hire helps you with what they need to further develop, and be retained.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Water conditioning systems - By Kaile Warren

Do you think you need a water conditioning system in your home? One of the most important things you can do is to ensure the quality of the water you and your pets consume. If you do not have a water conditioner in your home, you should have your water tested as soon as possible. It may be that your water is fine, but not knowing is risky living.

Water conditioners come in a number of options. A test of your water supply will allow the technician to recommend the best system and softeners for your water conditioning needs. While it may cost you extra money, I strongly recommend an expanded test over the basic offering of the water conditioner company. I also recommend that you get two opinions as to what you may or may not need for a water conditioner.

Recently, friends of mine had a “rotten egg” smell in just one faucet. They called a water conditioner company. The technician came out and tested water from that faucet, and came back with a recommendation of installing a new $3,000 water conditioner.

I got curious as to why the odor was just at one faucet. Thus, I looked for what was different. What I found was a water filter under the sink that had not been changed in many moons and was in very poor condition. Once I removed the bad filter, the “egg smell” went away instantly. I am not certain why the water conditioner company did not research the way I did. I must also state that I recommended the water be retested, as it may still need additional treatment.

The point is that if you have under-the-counter water filters, make sure they are changed as recommended. Also, before you buy an expensive water conditioning system, make certain the company has thoroughly disclosed all contributing factors. As I also stress, you should defer to the professionals. However, you need to always verify their recommendations. After all, a $20 filter might save you thousands of unnecessary dollars spent.

Safe water is critical to your well-being. Make the extra effort, so that you get the treatment your water needs.

Kaile Warren is a local fix-it guru. He is soon to have his own TV show on WPXT and WPME. Rustler's in Windham will be his headliner sponsor.