Human Resources

4 Ways to Find Good People

Finding employees is one of the hardest parts about being a landscape business owner. The good news: A 2017 IBIS World study reported steady growth in the housing and property markets over the past five years, resulting in greater demand for landscape industry workers. Similar trends are expected into 2023 as residential and commercial construction […]

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Promoting Mental Health in the Workplace

Safety is paramount to landscape and lawn care companies. However, one aspect of safety that can be overlooked is mental wellness. While it’s not as visible as not wearing proper PPE, neglecting mental health is just as serious. Poor mental health can result in negative job performance, communication breakdowns with co-workers, and unsafe actions on […]

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What to Look for in an Apprenticeship Mentor

A critical part of NALP’s Landscape Management Apprenticeship Program being successful for your company is selecting the right mentors. Mentors are teachers who assign tasks and review performances, but they also facilitate the personal and professional growth of an apprentice by sharing their experience. Mentors can fill in the gaps between the written description of a procedure […]

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How to Foster a Positive Company Culture

Having a positive company culture can sometimes be thrown around with other business buzzwords, such as synergy, but you shouldn’t write off the importance of company culture. A positive company culture can attract new employees and foster loyalty with your existing ones. It can result in higher levels of productivity as your employees are more […]

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Think Outside of the Box: Employee Benefits to Consider Offering

The labor market is challenging to recruit and retain quality employees so finding benefits that cause them to stay long term calls for a bit of creativity. While you should definitely pay your workers a fair wage, compensation isn’t the only thing that employees consider when deciding whether to accept your job offer or to […]

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The Big Green Podcast: Britt Wood and Brandon Walters with Valley Landscaping Discuss Recruiting Tactics

In the latest episode of the Big Green Podcast, account manager Brandon Walters, of Valley Landscaping, and NALP CEO Britt Wood, discuss what Brandon has learned about his team during COVID-19 and what recruiting tactics they’ve been using, such as the Why I Landscape campaign and forming relationships with local schools and colleges. Founded in […]

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NALP Members Weigh in on Hiring During COVID-19

With an influx of unemployed workers available due to COVID-19 related company layoffs, if you’re looking to upgrade or grow your team, here’s what NALP members are saying about hiring right now. “In the past, maybe there was room for some ‘fluff’ but when you’re operating day to day, week to week, and there are […]

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Tips on Effective Interviewing for Quality Hires

With the competitive labor market, it can be tempting to rush through the interview process as you may be grateful simply to have a prospect who kept their interview appointment. However, taking the time to use the job interview to truly vet your candidates can result in you finding a new hire who is more […]

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Detecting and Dealing With Burnout

Burnout is caused by unrealistic expectations, either from ourselves or from others so now that we find ourselves in a rather unprecedented situation, it’s far easier to be overwhelmed by these expectations, no matter who they’re coming from. When you deal with elevated stress levels over an extended period of time it is far more […]

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Tips for Staying Productive While Working From Home

Prior to COVID-19, working remotely was a setup that was more common in the tech field, rather than landscaping, but as company owners strive to stay open during this period of self-isolation, remote work has become the new norm If you or your staff is new to working remote, here are some tips on how […]

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