I'd like further discussion on "One man can only do one man's work".
The problem I run into with employees is one man can only do 1/4 of a man's work and frankly I'm lucky if I don't lose my entire days work trying to get a 1/2 a man's work out of 2 guys.
I expect I'm not hiring well.
I would love to hear about strategies you've employed to hire and retain employees that are capable of delivering one mans work. I really don't think my expectations are too high.
I am compelled to comment on your statement, "One man can only do one man's work". You appear to be a reasonable/knowledgeable operator.
In my experience, the output of skilled tradesmen can be extremely volatile.
It is quiet possible that 1 man can do the work of 2-3, guys like this are not common, but they do exist.