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Recruiting and Retention

From Toxic to Thriving: Transforming Your Organization’s Culture from Within

It’s never a spot you want to be in, but coming to terms with the fact you may have a toxic company culture is the first step to the path to improving it. Self-Evaluation “First thing would be to look in the mirror,” says Dean DeSantis, owner of DeSantis Landscapes, based in Portland, Oregon. “Ask […]

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Recruiting Strategies: Getting Back to Basics

While thinking outside the box is always a good idea when it comes to recruiting, it’s also important to make sure you’re not overlooking or underestimating the value of some of the recruiting basics. If you’re struggling with recruiting, review some of these tried-and-true practices to see if you’ve missed an opportunity for improvement.   […]

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Cultivating Unity: Navigating Growth While Preserving Organizational Identity

Whether you are growing organically, through mergers and acquisitions or a mixture of both, scaling your culture with your team is critical. This task can be challenging as you work to accommodate a larger workforce with multiple locations as communication breakdowns can lead to misunderstandings, misalignment, and a lack of cohesion. “Consistency across the board, […]

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Team Building: Overcoming Concerns About Adopting Cultural Fit Hiring

If you ask a lawn or landscape company owner some of their keys to successfully retaining their employees, hiring for cultural fits is typically among their advice. “That’s well and good for them,” you might think. “I don’t have that luxury.” Edward Coady, CEO of Mainely Grass, based in Bedford, New Hampshire, says they started […]

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Talent Retention in Turbulent Times: Nurturing New Hires Amidst H-2B Visa Setbacks

If the odds weren’t in your favor and you didn’t receive your H-2B visas this year, your focus has probably been on recruiting enough labor to be fully staffed up for the spring season. However, even after you reach your desired headcount, there is still more work to do. Now comes the task of training […]

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How I Do It: Beating the Sunday Scaries

It’s probably happened to everyone at least once in their career. That creeping feeling of dread on Sunday as you begin to consider all of your tasks ahead of you on Monday. This sensation is dubbed the ‘Sunday scaries,’ and at Grow and Company, based in Houston, Texas, they are working to reduce this phenomenon […]

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NALP Foundation Engages Young Minds with Roblox Experience

The NALP Foundation has launched its own immersive experience, Landscape Design Empire, on the Roblox platform as part of its latest awareness initiative. Roblox hosts a variety of user-generated experiences and is one of the largest metaverse platforms in the world with millions of users around the world. Currently, 59.3% of the daily active users […]

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How I Do It: Maintaining a Strong Employee Retention Rate

For the past three years, Myatt Landscaping & Construction, based in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina, has maintained an employee retention rate of 94-95%. Why They Stay The company started tracking their retention numbers in 2017 and based on the conversations managers have had with their employees, one of the main reasons their team members stay is […]

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Team Building: Adding a Pawsitive Influence in the Office

Dogs are touted as man’s best friend, so should they be welcome in your landscape company’s office? Troy Clogg, owner of Troy Clogg Landscape Associates, LLC, based in Wixom, Michigan, says that he’s always had a dog by his side and because he brought his dog to work, it only seemed fair to let others […]

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Finding Top Talent: Four Strategies from Landscape Company Recruiters

Bringing on a full-time recruiter can be extremely beneficial for your workforce pipeline and your retention efforts. “The way I look at recruiting is very similar to sales,” says David Koehn, president of Koehn Outdoor, based in Jacksonville, Florida. “You’re building your pipeline; you’re following up. There are a lot of the same processes in […]

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