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Singing Hills Landscaping, Inc. has had 29 family members receive their residency through the PERM program.

Team Building: Using the Permanent Labor Certification Program  

Singing Hills Landscape, Inc., based in Aurora, Colorado, has been using the H-2B program for over 20 years. They also started using a permanent labor certification program in 2019. “Our company mission is to ‘open doors of opportunity for our company family,’ and the PERM program meshed perfectly with that mission,” says Jake Leman, vice […]

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Ruppert Landscape employees have a Thanksgiving celebration at the Frederick, Maryland, branch.
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Landscape Professionals Display the Spirit of Giving Throughout the Year

Thanksgiving and the season around it are an opportunity to practice gratitude and give back. However, landscape professionals often opt to practice a spirit of generosity year-round with both their employees and their local communities. Bob Ramser, president of Turfscape, Inc., based in Twinsburg, Ohio, says they choose to give back because it is important […]

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Team Building: How To Recruit and Retain Veterans

You probably already know that veterans are reliable, trainable team players that can be a welcome addition to any lawn or landscape company. However, you might be uncertain how to get connected to those who are making the transition from military service to civilian life. At SiteOne, they have made veteran and military spouse recruiting […]

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Team Building: The Benefits of Hiring Veterans

The search for skilled labor is a constant concern, but one promising pool is military veterans. Each year the military discharges 270,000 service members and 80 percent won’t have a job lined up. “It makes good business sense to hire veterans,” says Elly Zemetra, senior director of talent management for BrightView, based in Blue Bell, […]

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Team Building: Establishing Trust in the Workplace

Studies have shown that employee trust directly correlates to improved employee performance. In workplaces where employees have a culture of fear, they are less likely to act innovatively, share ideas or take initiative. This can also inhibit a company’s growth as team members won’t lean in and collaborate with one another. Having an ‘everyone for […]

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Building Your Team: Planning Parties with Purpose

If there’s one thing the show “The Office” got right, it’s that you need a party planning committee to pull off a successful company party. While anyone can throw a party, it takes actual planning to make sure the events you host are well attended and worth the effort. Company parties are an opportunity to […]

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Team Building: The Benefits of Conducting Exit Interviews

Ideally, you never want your employees to submit a resignation. However, if you aren’t taking the time to conduct exit interviews, you can miss out on critical information that can prevent others from leaving. “For us, that exit interview is critical for our development,” says Daniel Garcia-Enriquez, a recruiter and human resources generalist for Mullin, […]

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Team Building: Utilizing a Vanpool for Employees

Depending on your lawn care or landscape business’s location, this could be hampering your possible recruiting scope for employees. One way to broaden your range is by implementing a vanpool program.The Greenery, Inc., based on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, has had a vanpool program for over 25 years now. Jerry Ashmore, director of workforce […]

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Team Building: The Importance of Social Media Recruiting

According to Halstead Media, the way our society communicates is continuously changing, and so are potential job candidates. As time passes, Gen Z is beginning to enter the workforce, and Millennials are taking on leadership positions, so when it comes to recruiting employees, putting out flyers on lamp posts and selling ads in the local […]

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Team Building: The Pros and Cons of Profit Sharing

If you’re looking for new recruiting and retention tools for your staff, one option is providing a profit-sharing plan. If your company is winning in terms of profitability, this program can help ensure your team is winning as well. Pros and Cons One of the main benefits of a profit-sharing plan is it helps make […]

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