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LandCare Creates Scholarship Program for First-Generation College Attendees

LandCare, based in Frederick, Maryland, has launched the new LandCare Scholarship Program, under its non-profit LEAF (LandCare Education Assistance Foundation). This program will provide financial assistance for tuition, books and other related expenses of post-secondary education for the children of team members who will be the first generation in their family to attend college. First-generation […]

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Five Recruiting Tips from Lawn Care and Landscape Professionals

The search for employees has been a challenge for years for the landscape industry. Company owners have often tried every trick in the book in order to attract new hires to their business. While there’s no one foolproof practice to solve the labor shortage, below are some of the options that other landscaping companies have […]

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Team Building: Making Recognition and Incentive Programs Effective  

Recognition and incentive programs can be used to encourage specific behaviors within your team. Using them both can help ensure you motivate different types of employees. While recognition can push performance with praise, incentives can pull performance with the concept of a prize. “We are a big supporter of incentive programs because if done correctly, […]

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Team Building: Why Employee Recognition and Incentive Programs Matter

Because people spend a significant amount of their lives working, it makes sense individuals want to be somewhere they feel their efforts are acknowledged and celebrated. Recognition is among the top three most effective non-financial factors when it comes to employee retention. Not only does recognition improve employee retention, but it also helps promote desired […]

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Team Building: Selecting Education that Interests Employees

Providing continuing education for your employees calls for investment from your company. To make sure your efforts are worth it, work with your team to select training that is relevant and interesting to them. Companies like Fine Earth Landscape, Inc. and Green Lawn Fertilizing/Green Pest Solutions have been paying for their employees’ continuing education from […]

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Team Building: Offering Education Opportunities to Staff

One of the keys to retaining your staff is investing in them. Taking the time to provide education opportunities through your organization not only shows you care but provides employees a path to learn, improve their skills and move up the career ladder. “Offering continuing education helps to create a more engaged team member,” says […]

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How I Do It: Creating an Employee Waitlist

Can you imagine having potential new hires sign up for a waitlist to be hired by your company? At Local Roots Landscaping based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, this is a reality at certain times of the year. Patrick Murray, managing partner of Local Roots, says this isn’t always the case but they do have periods throughout […]

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Team Building: Internal Hiring Best Practices

Anyone in the lawn or landscape industry can tell you that recruiting is a challenge right now. Internal hiring is growing in popularity in response as it features multiple benefits. Not only does internal hiring cost less and take less time, but it also boosts employee morale and provides tangible proof of career paths at […]

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Team Building: What Right People, Right Seat Really Means

If you’ve been in the industry for a while, you have probably heard the mantra ‘right people, right seat’ when it comes to hiring. But what does that really mean and how do you put it into practice? Having the right people in the right seats is one of the concepts of the Entrepreneurial Operating […]

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Team Building: Crafting Effective Job Postings

Whether you’re growing and need to bring on people to fill new roles or are looking for replacement hires for positions that have recently been vacated for various reasons, creating job postings is an integral part of the business. While promoting internally or hiring from employee recommendations is ideal, you’ll still need to look outside […]

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