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Workforce Summit Highlights Dozens of Strategies to Strengthen Your Employee Base; Here Are 4 Key Takeaways

More than 100 industry CEOs and HR-focused staff, and representatives from allied industries and the Department of Labor gathered in Alexandria, Virginia, this week at NALP’s Workforce Summit to share strategies and best practices to attract and retain employees. With unemployment at near record lows, many industries are competing for the same employees who landscape […]

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3 Ways Students and Landscape Pros Can Get the Most Out of NCLC

Mason Shaffer says attending NALP’s “Student Career Days”—now the National Collegiate Landscape Competition (NCLC)—in 2007 and 2008 ultimately led to his full-time landscape career. Today, he is the senior garden designer for Blanchford Landscape Group and Shaffer says it was his interaction with Andy Blanchford, company owner, at the event that put that opportunity in […]

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Creating a Landscape Workplace Culture of Diversity and Inclusion

Most companies would likely say they welcome a more diverse workforce. But they don’t know how to get the culture of diversity they seek. A session at NALP’s upcoming Workforce Summit based on the association’s new Diversity and Inclusion program will provide the framework and lenses for looking at your company differently to attract and […]

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How to Use LandscapeIndustryCareers.org to Solve Labor Challenges

When it comes to hiring lawn care and landscape professionals, job boards are one of the important ways companies are searching for qualified applicants. While there are many boards that showcase a variety of professions, we also have an industry-specific board available through NALP. Launched just under three years ago, the board has seen steady […]

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Get the Tools You Need to Host a Landscape Career Day

The Virginia Turfgrass Council, NALP state association partners, are big users of NALP’s Industry Growth Initiative-funded Workforce Development tools. Their favorite? “The ABCs of Healthy Lawns & Landscapes” coloring book. In fact, Virginia Turfgrass Council members Wes and Paula Bray recently delivered these coloring books and packs of crayons to the Children’s Hospital of the […]

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Using the Landscape Management Apprenticeship Program to Attract Talent

The Landscape Management Apprenticeship Program debuted in February 2019. Now, one year later, industry companies are using the program and realizing success. What’s working for attracting apprentices? How are they managing the program within their companies? What lessons can they pass along? Two companies who have used the program–L.G. Scott and Eichenlaub Inc.–will be presenting […]

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Finding and Keeping Employees in a Tough Labor Market

If you’re struggling with finding and keeping employees right now, you aren’t alone. The lawn and landscape industry is facing a significant shortage of qualified workers and it seems that everyone is vying for the same people. In your own local market, you might feel as though the best workers get gobbled up by another […]

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How Good People Fuel Your Business Success

What makes your business successful? Ask any leader or business owner this question and they will tell you, in a word: people. Good people fuel your business success. And in the service industry, people are everything because your offering is high-quality only if the individuals delivering what you promise are trained, skilled and adhere to […]

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How LandCare is Getting Educators to Promote the Landscape Profession

In this era of labor shortages within the lawn and landscape industry, many companies are looking to connect with students before they make their career choices. Traditionally, that has meant working with local colleges. But LandCare has found that connecting with high schools may be even more impactful. After all, there are many students who […]

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Attract the Right People With the Right Company Culture

“Do you have a problem with employee recruitment?” Chuck Williams, contact center manager of Senske Services in Kennewick, Washington, asked the group at Solutions 2020, Real Green Systems annual conference, during his session on “How to Attract the Right People with the Right Company Culture.” A good majority of the session attendees raised their hands. […]

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