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Employee retention: Always be recruiting

October 22, 2019By

It sounds exhausting, but as Jedd Narsavage says, companies should always be in recruitment mode. “For recruitment, we treat it as a 24/7, 365 kind of thing, even during times when we might not have an actual open position to fill,” says the vice president of design and development for GreenSweep, a company based in Silver Spring, Md., that has... read more

Employee Retention: Giving second chances

October 22, 2019By
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Adam Schlutt is president of MAAC Property Services in Niles, Mich. He refers to the company, which provides snow removal and maintenance for a 98 percent commercial clientele, as mission-based rather than profit-based, due to its culture of hiring individuals with less-than-clean criminal records. He and his father, Mark Schlutt, started the practice about 10 years ago as a way... read more

Employee Retention: Change the recruiting conversation

October 22, 2019By
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If you want be successful at recruiting, it’s time to change the conversation. A new generation of candidates has different expectations of its employers, and these expectations present themselves initially during the recruiting process, requiring a different type of conversation. Employers seeking to connect with a new generation will miss the mark if they fail to change the conversation. Prior... read more

Safety: Keep preventive maintenance a priority

October 21, 2019By
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As the mowing season winds down in a large part of the U.S., there is a tendency to delay or eliminate preventive maintenance (PM). Those all-important and expensive pieces of equipment that have carried us through the season get short changed and don’t get the attention they need when fall rolls around. When preventive maintenance is implemented as part of... read more

The A&A way

August 16, 2019By
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The story of how A&A Lawn Care & Landscaping's owners overcame setbacks to grow their organization to a $7.5 million operation. read more

Employer of choice

March 18, 2016By

To recruit and retain workers, smart landscape companies leverage culture, compensation and technology. Every morning, Chris Joyce greets every one of his employees. He stands in the parking lot, shakes their hands and says “hello” to each member of the team, which amounts to about 140 people in the summertime. “I’ve been doing it since when I started and only... read more