LM Labor Tip

Labor Tip: Language liaison

November 8, 2018By
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Candice Bún of MetroGreenscape is more than the everyday human resources coordinator—she’s also bilingual in English and Spanish, serving as a touch point for Spanish-speaking workers. Of MetroGreenscape’s 25 employees, several have limited English skills, Bún says. “To have someone who understands their question, can communicate it to the right people and help with the language barrier is great,” says... read more

Labor Tip: Crew reviews

September 10, 2018By
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Customer reviews can make or break a company—but so can employee reviews, according to Maria Mayorga, director of sales at Coalmarch Productions, a digital marketing agency for service-based businesses. “The reviews give social proof to people applying to a company that it’s a great place to work,” says Mayorga, who has been working with firms in the lawn and pest... read more

Labor Tip: 24-hour rule

May 15, 2018By
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Ben Hardy quickly learned that when hiring field staff, acting fast is essential. Hardy, who leads the talent acquisition practice for consulting and recruiting firm McFarlin Stanford, previously worked in human resources for several landscape companies. He often found himself in a situation where he interviewed a candidate but had no supervisor accessible and available to interview the person for... read more

Labor Tip: Dial up digitally

April 2, 2018By
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It’s a repeated theme within the green industry: Everyone is concerned about the labor market. “It’s basically shifted from an employer market to an employee market,” says Steve Cesare, an HR consultant at landscape business consulting firm, The Harvest Group. With so many available positions, how can landscape pros staff up? Cesare recommends dialing up digital presences to attract top... read more

Labor Tip: Recruit with video

January 22, 2018By

Employee video testimonials are one way companies are branding themselves as a great place to work, according to the article “Attract Talent by Telling Your Employees’ Stories” on the Society for Human Resource Management website. These short videos, which may populate career websites or web pages, blogs and social media accounts, seek to turn corporate mission statements and core values... read more