Labor and Wages
What a crazy world we are living in. No one can find qualified help, yet wages are going up.
In fact, according to Forbes, wages have grown at the fastest rate in 35 years in the U.S. Yet 48% of companies are looking to hire (including Denver Concierge).
As you know, our people are what make us who we are. Many of our staff have been with us for nearly 20 years, and it’s safe to say they know how to clean houses better than anyone around. We don’t want to lose those people.
So, in the spirit of transparency, we offered our folks a very significant wage increase in August. We did this because they deserve it and also because external wage pressure is higher than we can remember.
Along with this wage increase comes a price increase. Our regular readers know that we take great pride in being open and honest about our company, and the truth is we could not absorb 100% of this increase and still run our company the way that you love.
Angela will be reaching out to each of our clients to discuss the increase and answer any questions you may have.
While we hate ever having to raise prices, this crazy economy has really left us with no choice.
As always, we appreciate every client we have and we hope that you understand what we (and most other businesses) are going through to keep our staff and our service levels.
Thank you for your loyalty and kindness during these challenging times.
Home Costs Going Up $36k
The perfect storm. Wonder why housing costs are going up? Well, besides crazy demand, there are other hidden reasons tied to the pandemic.
Our friends at Designer Premier published a great article about the “perfect storm” of events that are adding to housing costs.
From the article:
“Framing lumber prices have declined in recent weeks, but the overall prices of wood products, steel mill, copper, drywall, and gypsum used in home building continue to soar.”
“Supply chain problems delay projects and raise costs even more. Lumber cannot come down from Canada anymore, and builders have to wait for equipment to show up.”
The bottom line? Supply and demand for materials and labor are completely out of whack. On average, this is adding $36k to the cost of every home sold, which is a big number.
What is “Meow Wolf”?
So, we weren’t sure what a “Meow Wolf” actually was, but we have heard so much about it we figured we better investigate and pass it along to our readers.
Based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Meow Wolf is now open in Las Vegas, and most recently, Denver.
Great, you say, now what is it?
From their website:
“We create immersive and interactive experiences that transport audiences of all ages into fantastic realms of story and exploration.”
By collaborating with hundreds of local artists, Meow Wolf has created an immersive, artistic space, where visitors are encouraged to interact and touch everything inside what is known as Convergence Station.
Economically, city leaders hope this will draw visitors much like Santa Fe, where the attraction has seen two million visitors since it opened in 2016.
Coloradans & Drinking
How many years of your life would you give up for the ability to have a drink?
The average Coloradan says THREE. Yes, you read that right, the average Coloradan would give up three years of their life to maintain the ability to drink.
Tops in the U.S.? Nevada, Idaho and South Carolina residents would all give up five years of their lives to keep drinking.
Also from the study and article:
“Alcohol.org surveyed 3,700 people and also found one-third of respondents would also give up caffeine for life if they could keep drinking booze.
The research goes on to show 30% of people admit they ignore studies warning about alcohol health risks.”
Wow, I guess we are serious about our drinking here in the Rockies.
Fall in Colorado
Welcome to fall, all you leaf peepers! Yes, we are right in the heart of the leaf-peeping season, and we wanted to give you some of the best places (and ways) to do it.
Fall in Colorado can be truly spectacular for the color changes and dramatic backgrounds of the mountains.
For those of you that like to travel and view your leaves in style, 5280 Magazine put out a list of the five best train rides you can take to go see the colors, and it can be found here.
We hope you enjoy the changing of the seasons as much as we do, happy viewing!
Monthly Award Winners
Our monthly award winners for August were Maria Zapata, Aurora Dominguez, Yesica Censo, Katherine Crespin, and Enedina Mendoza.
In the Team Leader ranks, it was Laura Varela and Isela Mendoza.
We are so proud of our winners, and of all the folks that are in and out of your homes each week.
We continue to be grateful to you for allowing us into your lives during these challenging times.
Please join me in congratulating our best performers for the month of August.
Queen Bee Corner
While most companies rely on feedback through client surveys or emailed questionnaires, we find ourselves in the enviable position of having our clients’ feedback unsolicited.
It seems that every interaction I have with a client ends with some form of compliment or praise for our ladies, regardless of the initial subject of our conversation.
I repeatedly thank our clients for their feedback, and I also continually thank our ladies for their hard work.
We have been fortunate in that our management style over the years has meshed well with our employee base to form not only a great company but a stellar company, with employees that truly care.
Without further ado, let me say thank you again for supporting our company and remind you that we know how lucky we are to have you.