New Employee Break in Period Reduced to 3 Hours (CFFL 0226)    

New Employee Break in Period Reduced to 3 Hours

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Jack Butala:
Jack Butala with Jill DeWitt.

Jill DeWit:
Hi.

Jack Butala:
Welcome to our show. In this episode Jill and I talk about new employee break in period and how it’s been reduced to three hours. Can’t wait to hear this. This is Jill’s show. Good show. Let’s take a question posted by one of our members on successplant.com, our free online community.

Jill DeWit:
Thank you. This is from Mark in Seattle. He wrote, when you’re selling on CraigsList how do you pick the posting city? I’ve just been posting to larger cities nearby the land. Do you post in the biggest cities like New York, Chicago, L.A. or how do you manage that? Good question.

Jack Butala:
Here’s what we do and it works like a charm. The very first thing you do is post in the Craigslist that’s near the property. I’ll tell you why. We buy and sell a lot of property in Northern Michigan as vacation properties and the first place that people look is local Craigslist. I’ve never posted in New York or Los Angeles. I have absolutely posted in Chicago and Detroit and Northern Michigan and anywhere around that where you think people might be traveling for vacation property. As far as out west or acreage property which we also sell a ton of, you know what? Honestly, I do not think I’ve ever posted in the Los Angeles Craigslist before to sell property. People tend to look at Craigslist where the property is. I will say that I have posted postings about purchasing general property for half of what it’s worth in these big cities, and get a lot of traffic that way but not for LandStay. Not for a specific property, but to promote our website and drive traffic, yeah, big cities are great.

Jill DeWit:
Cool. Thank you.

Jack Butala:
If you have a question or you want to be on the show, call 800-725-8816. Today’s topic, the new employee break-in period is reduced to three hours. Jill, how do you manage this? I have some ideas.

Jill DeWit:
I was having some fun with this. No, here is the big picture.

Jack Butala:
This is priceless advice by the way. I’m listening. I want to know this too.

Jill DeWit:
You’re going to know in a matter of hours if they’re going to work out or not. That’s the thing. If you’re not feeling it, something’s wrong and you can’t work with them and tweak it in half a day, don’t fight it and kick the can down the road. It may not be the right person. We knew in a matter of two hours on one employee. It was from a temp agency that we got a while ago.

Jack Butala:
She stuck around for a few days.

Jill DeWit:
She did. She tried and you know what, I tried. That’s where I learned that, why am I trying? It didn’t work.

Jack Butala:
Yeah. She knew too.

Jill DeWit:
It didn’t mesh with our staff, didn’t mesh with us and some of the things that we …

Jack Butala:
No, I completely understand what you mean. Here’s the key for me. All employees regardless of where they work and which department, whether they’re assistants or whether they’re doing real estate deals or answering the phone, I require that they have a certain level of IT experience and I whole heartedly believe in hiring people who are former escrow agents because they’re so used to deadlines and performance metrics. Most escrow agents are expected to close, not [inaudible 00:04:12] but close, in a bigger city, at least thirty deals a month, which is a lot when your work week is twenty or twenty-on days. That’s multiple transactions a day. The thing about that is you’re putting the pieces of the puzzle together. You’re relying on the title plant people to get you what you need on time.

You’re relying on the lender to get the money. You’re relying on both real estate agents on this. It’s a lot of work and a successful escrow agents, I think they’re all incredibly underpaid for what they manage. Breaking in an employee in three hours, Jill you probably have a little bit more to say about that, I’m sure. Turns out she’s buying some real estate. This is a technical two. Two minutes of property investment advice from our fifteen year, fifteen thousand plus deal experience. Don’t be too slow at releasing your help in any way. More specifically I mean virtual assistants or project specific IT people. If you’re not getting what you want pretty quickly, that’s one of the benefits of being in the IT or the computer age that we’re in, there’s always somebody else around the corner that probably can do it maybe faster and cheaper.

It’s very competitive. We work on tech projects constantly and I bet the ratio of people that we hire to do these projects and the person who starts the project versus finishing it, I bet it’s ten to one. Honestly. I don’t have a ton of patience for someone not taking, it all ends up being this. People that you want working with you on your team have to take responsibility and ownership for what they’re doing. You can separate people in any company in two sides of the room. The people that are taking ownership from start to finish and have some pride about it and the people who are there to go through the motions and collect a paycheck. Unfortunately, my experience has been the larger the company and the more people you have, full time people, the more one sided they get to that non take ownership type, collecting a paycheck mentality. Also when I was an accountant, the same thing. That’s my technical advice. You can’t be too quick to move forward with virtual assistance. If you have a question, you want to be on the show, call 800-725-8816. Jill, inspire us.

Jill DeWit:
Patience. That’s it. One word.

Jack Butala:
That’s pretty appropriate for the new employee break-in period.

Jill DeWit:
Yeah. It is. Patience.

Jack Butala:
You know what else I didn’t say about employee break-in period? If you hire the right people and you go through the up front stuff that you need to, to really get to know them, like Jill’s maybe one or two day check it, let’s all see if this is going to work. That’s the best thing you can do, and there’s no break-in period.

Jill DeWit:
It’s true, but patience. It’s something you’ve got to work at. A lot of people don’t have a lot of patience. I see it driving. I see it in the work place. I see it in line at the bank and the post office.

Jack Butala:
Me too.

Jill DeWit:
You know what, what bums me out is it’s like you walk around angry all the time if you’re that impatient. I don’t want to do that.

Jack Butala:
What are you impatient about? You seem to pretty patient about most stuff. Is there something that gets under your skin? I don’t want to put you on the spot. I don’t if there’s anything. That’s why I asked you.

Jill DeWit:
Exactly. I get ticked off about people who deliberately do things that they shouldn’t do and that kind of a thing. That bums me out.

Jack Butala:
With intent.

Jill DeWit:
Right. You’re trying to throw a wrench in something. I’m not a fan of that. [inaudible 00:08:29].

Jack Butala:
From a father’s standpoint with the kids, I’ve said it since they were tiny. Look, you made an honest mistake. You spilled some milk. That’s fine. If there’s intentional stuff that’s where I draw the line. You know what, I have no patience for that either. That’s a great point.

Jill DeWit:
Patience. I think too, you need to have patience not so much for the other person but so much for yourself, because you’ll go crazy. Sometimes if you can’t develop some patience the only person you’re hurting is yourself. That’s why I think it’s so important. That’s what has helped me so much and helps me with my attitude and whatever’s going with me. Patience. I’m choosing not to get upset about X and it’s all about me, not about them. It’s me. Everybody is running around doing their own thing in their own world. You’ve got to take care of you and develop some patience.

Jack Butala:
Jill had to pull away just now from the show and I decided to keep it in instead of edit it out because she’s got a person in Northern Arizona that’s got a ton of forty acre properties. They’re all subdivided and they’ve had them for years and years. I’ve talked to this person before and they weren’t realistic on their price and it sounds like they’re for whatever reason, getting realistic now. I think it’s time. That’s what this is all about. It’s about employees and then break-in periods and stuff but it’s really about buying cheap real estate.

Jill DeWit:
Uh-huh. (affirmative) Exactly.

Jack Butala:
We’ll let you know how the deal goes as it progresses.

Jill DeWit:
Thank you for being patient.

Jack Butala:
I was.

Jill DeWit:
Thank you to our listeners for being patient.

Jack Butala:
We actually have a rule about doing this show and there’s only a few things that can pull us away and one of them is buying property.

Jill DeWit:
Right, and it’s certain property. I was watching for that call. I apologize.

Jack Butala:
Join us in another episode where Jack and Jill discuss how to use information, that’s me.

Jill DeWit:
And inspiration and patience, that’s me.

Jack Butala:
To get just about anything you want.

Jill DeWit:
We use it everyday to buy property for half of what it’s worth, relax, and sell it immediately.

Jack Butala:
You are not alone in your real estate ambition. This guy, is he really going to break it up and do a release you think?

Jill DeWit:
I have patience.

Jack Butala:
Listen to me jumping right in and you do have patience about this stuff.

Jill DeWit:
You know what’s really funny about that, is that having patience in some of these deals so helps the deal. If you walk around all excited and you’re like, I can’t wait, they almost want to go wait a minute, what is this worth? Hold on a moment. No. Patience. Sit back there. Sometimes you might squash a deal because, I don’t know, you rubbed them the wrong way if you’re too excited. Be patient. Let them come to you.

Jack Butala:
You never want to seem desperate. Like, when you meet a girl, don’t be desperate. It’s going to backfire on you.

Jill DeWit:
There you go. That’s perfect. Dating. Patience. Exactly. It’s true. Don’t call right then. Don’t do this. Don’t scare them away. Don’t talk about your wedding date. No, seriously. People do things. Don’t sit on your first date and discuss what your kids would look like. Patience.

Jack Butala:
Oh, my gosh.

Jill DeWit:
Right? You know that’s happened.

Jack Butala:
You ever have a really bad date?

Jill DeWit:
Of course I’ve had a really bad date.

Jack Butala:
Let’s hear it.

Jill DeWit:
I’ve had several really bad dates.

Jack Butala:
You ever have a really bad date with me?

Jill DeWit:
No, I have not. I’m waiting for it.

Jack Butala:
I’m trying to think.

Jill DeWit:
I’m just kidding. No, I’ve never had a really bad date with you.

Jack Butala:
I want to hear your date and then I’m going to tell you my worst date story.

Jill DeWit:
You know what? Actually, mine was the guy was a little too anxious. I think he’d been out in the dating world for a little, imagine that, and I can see why he was out in the dating world for quite a little while. It was like the stars were in alignment, like the heavens opened up and here I am kind of thing, which I appreciate that, but he obviously could tell that I was nice, I was cool, I was secure.

Jack Butala:
Not crazy?

Jill DeWit:
Not crazy, had my act together.

Jack Butala:
Darn good looking.

Jill DeWit:
Thank you, and he was really over the top, scared me away. That’s exactly what happened. It’s funny that we’re talking about that. Just like, back off dude. It was enough to, I’m like, I’m out. Just kooky. You know what’s really funny, is the person still has popped up trying to find in social media. I’m like, no, please go away.

Jack Butala:
You had that one date and that’s it?

Jill DeWit:
Yes. It was enough. It was like, blowing up my phone. I couldn’t do it. What’s yours? Tell me about it.

Jack Butala:
I went out with this girl and she ordered the lobster on our first date, as if that’s not cool, she explained to me why and it was awful. First of all, you can’t explain your way out of that. She was like, I deserve it. Actually, I didn’t retain a lot of it. I said, congratulations. I hope you enjoy that lobster. It’s the last meal we’re going to have together.

Jill DeWit:
You know what’s sad? That’s true. I remember I worked for a woman, seriously, that was going out on a date and she actually said to me, I’m not really into the guy but I’m going to get a good meal out it. She actually said that and I’m like, I did not know people did that. Not my friends. That’s not how I roll.

Jack Butala:
Did you ever escape out of the bathroom window, that bad on a date?

Jill DeWit:
Yes, I did.

Jack Butala:
You did?

Jill DeWit:
I didn’t do it out of a window but I faked a phone call.

Jack Butala:
You ditched it?

Jill DeWit:
Yeah.

Jack Butala:
Somebody told me there’s an app where you can hit the phone under the table and someone calls you.

Jill DeWit:
I faked a, I go to go. It was a quick one too. We’re talking not long.

Jack Butala:
How bad? What does a guy have to do to have you escape, because you’re the polite person I’ve ever met?

Jill DeWit:
I feel really bad saying this but it was, we met at a club and we exchanged phone numbers, chatted, I didn’t remember the person very well and then when we reconnected the second time, I’m being totally honest here, I’m like, what?

Jack Butala:
Was it due to alcohol or lack of interest?

Jill DeWit:
Yeah, it was probably due to alcohol and all of it. When I met the person soberly at the second occasion, I went, no, and I got the heck out there and never talked to that person again. I’m going to be honest with you.

Jack Butala:
I never ditched anybody but I did say this. I said, you really want to hear this story? This is hilarious.

Jill DeWit:
Yeah, this is good.

Jack Butala:
I asked this girl to go to Hawaii with me, this is a long time ago, after one of these nights like you described. We’re on the airplane and we’re in the air, flying over Los Angeles, on the way to Hawaii and I looked at her and said, there’s no chance.

Jill DeWit:
You knew on the way there?

Jack Butala:
I said, there’s no chance this is going to work at all, but that shouldn’t wreck our vacation, do you think? She said, yep, there’s no chance this is going to work at all. She’s totally prissy, prima donna. The exact opposite of you.

Jill DeWit:
She showed up with twelve suitcases and you went, uh oh?

Jack Butala:
It was even worse than that, just talking about herself. You know me. I said, what do you say, I get you a room and we’ll have a blast separately, have a vacation? That’s what happened, for four days. I never saw her.

Jill DeWit:
that’s hilarious. Did you reconnect on the plane on the way back, like how was your trip?

Jack Butala:
Yeah.

Jill DeWit:
That’s hilarious.

Jack Butala:
That’s exactly what happened. It all worked out great. She actually was super nice on the way back. She’s like, that’s the coolest thing. You’re a cool guy. Maybe this can work, and I said, nope.

Jill DeWit:
No. That’s funny. I’m going to buy you a house and I’ll buy me a house. This is going to be great. No.

Jack Butala:
That probably happens.

Jill DeWit:
Right. That’s true.

Jack Butala:
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