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Human Resources

Apprenticeship: Mentors vs. Program Managers

In the past year, since launching the Landscape Management Apprenticeship Program, 52 companies have enrolled and the first apprentices are beginning to graduate from the program. If you are thinking about participating in the Landscape Management Apprenticeship Program but aren’t quite clear on how to staff and manage the program, one aspect to consider is […]

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Best Practices for Attracting and Managing Talent with Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Mind

If you’re looking to build and retain your workforce you want to ensure you’re bringing on the top talent. Having a company that supports diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives can help with that goal. Brigitte Orrick, director of recruiting and employee development for The Davey Tree Expert Company will be on a panel discussing this […]

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Implementing Personality Tests for Increased Employee Retention

When you are hiring employees, it can be tempting to bring anyone on to your team simply to meet your labor needs but making sure they are good fit culture-wise can help reduce turnover. One way to try to find new hires who are best suited for your company is to employ personality tests. While […]

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How to Handle FFCRA Matters as Kids Go Back to School

In the webinar hosted on Wednesday, Aug. 12, Whitney Brown with Lehr Middlebrooks Vreeland & Thompson, P.C., covered some of the employment law-related issues that companies may face as kids go back to school across the country in the midst of COVID-19. To view the full webinar, click here. Please note the guidance provided below […]

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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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