A shit work environment
A shit location that no one wants to live in
Made up shit job requirements (looking at you 10+ years Java experience in 2000, or 5+ years experience with Win2k3 in '04)
So maybe the answer is to improve one or more of the above until someone actually wants to work for your company. Then again you are AC so for all I know you are Sergey Brin shilling for you next quarterly report to increase shareholder value.
Either way making your change or mine would do wonders for showing how critical these people actually are to the company instead of being a method to save some money. It needs to be clear that H1Bs are a more expensive route. Also why don't we see any H1Bs in management since it seems finding highly qualified competent management is truly a rare thing?
Cable tv/internet franchises almost always come with a build out requirement
That are then ignored without consequence.
For example a decade ago some company wanted to put fiber (I think it was Verizon) in the new developments across the street from my mom's house where there expensive $750,000+ houses were going in. It was stipulated that they also had to roll out fiber to the rest of the city if they wanted to install in the new developments. 10 years on there still isn't fiber outside of the new developments, and there aren't any plans to install it either.
Living in an upper Midwestern state California, comparatively, is a slacker when it comes to food production and with good preservation techniques having good food is easy year round even when it isn't in season. Case in point I have found that by being a cheap guy I have also become mostly a localivore (still hate that stupid term) since it is cheaper to go and buy in bulk from the farmer, and then can, dry, prepare and freeze, pickle, or otherwise preserve the food than to buy as needed at the grocery store. Basically I do the following:
get a few 50 lbs sack of potatoes for $5 each and just keep them in the cool dark basement
Can up 10s of gallons of stews, chiles, sauces, and soups made from meat from farmers I know and stuff out of my garden
make jams, fruit sauces, dried fruit, and preservers from trees on my own property or from local orchards
Make a bunch of meals and just freeze them (lots of home made pasta dishes)
Freeze a bunch of raw food
Buy large sacks of dried beans
If you dedicate a few weekends in the late summer and fall to cooking it is amazing how much food you can make and preserve and then not have to worry about cooking for most of the year.
2. North Korea
Employees often feel that they can't say "no" to the expectation that they have to be available via email even while at home off work hours.
People just need to make it clearer that you will be unreachable. My managers stopped when they insisted that they needed a way to get a hold of me in case of emergency since I would be well out of cellphone range. My response was a trained tracker and a team of search dogs. I told him about where I was going to be leaving my car and said to start searching there as I would be somewhere up in the north woods of Minnesota.
1. Catch the carp
2. load up ~100lbs of carp in the back of the jeep in a big plastic tub
3. dig a big hold in the garden
4. bury carp in the garden
They make a wonderful fertilizer. I also do the same thing with the little crappy bullheads from the pond that is full of sheep field run off near my house.