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What to Do When Your Competition Is Paying People Under the Table?

Unfortunately, you may be facing the same issue many others are facing. Is your competition stealing all of your top talent by offering to pay under the table? Rest assured that there are many potential issues that could come from operating illegally. Here’s what you can do to make sure the job gets done right!

Recognize that Others’ Actions are Out of Your Control

Sadly, short of reporting business malpractices to any relevant governing bodies, the fact is that you can only control your own actions. When it comes to the consequences of operating illegally, business karma will often come back and haunt those bad actors in the form of insurance issues, missing permits, fines, and so on. But if you are the white hat of the industry, committed to doing things by the book, that can feel pretty unfair still. But you have to recognize that the actions and bad decisions of others are frankly out of your control. The best path forward is to think about what you can offer to help incentivize talent to join or stay on your team.

Think About What You Have to Offer as an Employer

As an employer, if you are committed to attracting the best people for the job, you may very well need to reevaluate your job requirements and your compensation packages if your competition is taking some shortcuts. Consider making on-the-job training opportunities more available to new hires. Get creative with your compensation packages and salary allotments. Not all employees are looking simply for higher pay. Many appreciate flexible work options, increased vacation leave, and solid health care benefits, and a great team culture as well. It is really up to you as a business lead to fully evaluate what your business can afford, the loss of revenue or the lack of a skilled workforce. But don’t think you need to stoop to your competitions level in order to do so.

Pick Your Staffing Partners Carefully

We’re biased, but as staffing experts in the environmental field, we’re confident that who you choose to work with in staffing makes a big difference in your cost and in your success. Paying talent under the table is frankly a terrible idea and comes with very real and punishable risks. But you can get smarter about how you are recruiting and contracting industry-leading talent by making sure you are working arm in arm with a staffing agency that knows the business better than anyone. We can help you identify efficiencies in your recruitment strategy. We can help you get faster about bringing in and onboarding new talent. The risks associated with hiring workers willing to get paid under the table are not an issue with us because we know how to get the job done right, and who will help you achieve that goal.


Connect with a client manager on our staffing team today to learn how Bergman Brothers can help you get smart about staffing!