May 2022

May 2022 • Florida Pool Prosm 9 DIGGING UP IDEAS Our aging workforce By Shawn Wiseman, Wiseman Pools Most everyone has been affected in one form or another by the current state of our industry, whether by supply chain shortages or labor shortages. The recent surge in demand for pools has strained our already shrinking workforce. One concerning factor is a large portion of the pool industry’s subcontractors are getting older and are aging out of our industry. I would be willing to bet that most of us who use subcontractors know at least one, if not more, who are in their 60’s or older and are still out in the field preforming their trade day in and day out. The concern here is that there is not a whole lot of fresh blood, so to speak, coming into our industry to keep the sub trades going. The stigma of not having a college degree has forced so many into obtaining a degree which they may never use, not to mention the debt that comes along with it. Another option which should be promoted as an equal, if not better, Continued on page 10 SENSAFE ITSSENSAFE SENSAFE_ITS • • 800-861-9712 USING ALTERNATIVE POOL SANITIZERS? SALT LOW CHLORINE COPPER BORATE OZONE TEST WITH THE BEST! SIN0721_½ ad.indd 1 6/18/21 4:12 PM