Every month the employees start with a $1,000 bonus to be split among them, but screwups like this self-leveler that leaked down onto a finished concrete floor come out of the $1,000 bonus.Here’s a tip I've put into use to motivate employees to take care of tools and think about quality control on the job. This tip is originally from my friend Josh Lammi from LB Floors in Toowoomba in Queensland. What he does is put down $1,000 on the blackboard in the shed (what you Americans call your shop), and at the end of every month the $1,000 is split between all the guys as a bonus. The only catch is every time they lose a tool or break a tool, it gets bought out of the $1,000. Every time they leave something at the shed and have to go back and get it, those wages come out of the $1,000. Every time they put in a bad board and it has to be cut out, that comes out of the $1,000.

There are some months where they split the entire thousand, and there are some months where they only get to buy a packet of Tim Tams (chocolate biscuits that are popular here in Australia).

We started doing this in November, and the first two months they got the $1,000. We gave each guy one free bye that first month, but then after that it was sort of all on. The third month one of the guys dropped the ball, causing a couple of big chunks of the thousand to be rubbed off the black board. He copped a hard time from one of the other guys and then it was the other guy who then screwed up for the rest of the team the following month. What we want is for the guys to have each others’ backs. If someone misses something, everyone has an eye out; everyone will try to make everyone else better.

Greg Ceglarski and his partner, Cairo Chapman, have a small timber flooring business in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, called Scribed Flooring. Greg’s evolution (some may say de-evolution) into installing timber floors has been unorthodox to say the least; he began his flooring life selling carpet before climbing the corporate ladder to become the state sales manager of Australia's largest flooring company, training and managing 40 sales staff before owning and running his own franchise, then finally falling into installation when a contractor cancelled on a job in the 11th hour.

Being mainly self-taught, he has always been open-minded about the possibilities when it comes to timber floors and not realising that some things could not be done (or should be done). He has had some fantastic successes and also some expensive failures.

Greg has also won some ATFA trophies, including the 2016 Pre Finished runner up and Installed Floor win and Overall Floor of the Year; he backed that up in 2017 with runner up Pre Finished stairs and a win with Pre Finished.

As Greg’s focus is on installation, he likes to live in “prefinished land,” as he thinks it’s far more challenging installing a coated floor, trying to achieve the things you usually only see in a sanded and coated floor. Challenging staircases always seem to find Greg, and over the last 10 years he has developed a secret method of “folding” timber into an indestructible stair nosing, which he is happy to make for anybody.