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Human Resources

Team Building: What Professional Recruiters Offer

Just like how you’d turn to an accountant for help with your financials, hiring a professional recruiter can bring a level of experience and focus to a task that you can’t always devote all your attention to. Designscapes Colorado, based in Centennial, Colorado, has been working with two professional recruiters for a number of years. […]

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How to Combat Industry Labor Shortages

Partner contentLandscape contractors have been put through the wringer this past year. The obstacles just kept rolling in, one after the other — and few companies have been spared. If you’ve been operating as normal, consider yourself lucky, because many contractors have been struggling with financials, pandemic-related lockdowns and securing reliable employees.  Hiring the right […]

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Team Building: Recruiting at the High School Level

There are many who unaware there are careers in the landscape industry and one way to combat this is by recruiting students at the high school level. Chris Joyce, president of The Joyce Companies, based in Marstons Mills, Massachusetts, says he has been recruiting at high schools for the last four to six years. He […]

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Team Building: Implementing Effective Employee Coaching

If your employees’ performances have been mediocre you might think conducting annual performance reviews will help. Neal Glatt, managing partner of GrowTheBench.com, argues annual performance reviews shouldn’t be conducted at all. He instead encourages companies to conduct weekly coaching sessions with their employees. “Do you really think a one-hour conversation can impact a year’s worth […]

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Team Building: How to Conduct Performance Reviews Effectively

The thought of an annual performance review can fill you and your employees with dread. However, if you implement performance reviews effectively, they can help you achieve your business goals. While there should be an annual performance review, Steve Cesare, human resource expert with The Harvest Group, says that shouldn’t be the only time you’re […]

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Take Advantage of NALP’s Exclusive Insurance Programs

In March 2019, the National Association of Landscape Professionals partnered with Axis Insurance and Rancho Mesa to offer NALP members a competitive risk management option. “Buying your insurance as part of a large group/program can give you more pricing leverage and may provide more stability long term as insurance rates can be subject to large […]

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How I Do It: Implementing Drug Testing

The decision to start a drug-testing program is a nuanced one. While it helps ensure the safety of your employees and customers, it also narrows an already shrinking labor pool. Josh Flynn, CEO of Seabreeze Property Services, based in Portland, Maine, and Gerry Bower, president/CEO of Total Lawn Care, LLC, based in Weslaco, Texas, share […]

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Team Building: Offering Health Care Benefits as a Smaller Company

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires that employers who have more than 50 full-time employees provide their staff health care benefits, but what if you’re a company with a smaller team? Offering health benefits as a smaller company can give you a competitive edge against other businesses your size, who don’t provide them. According to […]

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Business Smarts: How to Take Advantage of NALP’s Job Board

Did you know that NALP has a job board you can take advantage of on LandscapeIndustryCareers.org? NALP runs national ads that drive job seekers across the country to this job board and last year, we had 190,000 page views and thousands of candidates filled out applications. Posting your job opening on this board is free […]

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Business Smarts: How to Maximize Your Career Page

One of the keys to establishing a labor pipeline is to always be recruiting. A simple method for constant recruitment is to establish a career page on your website. Kelly Dowell, founder of Keldo Digital, says it’s a great idea to have a career page for various reasons, including recruitment, branding and sales. She explains […]

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