TAG: employee retention

How to be a ‘magnetic’ employer

August 1, 2018By
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Unemployment is at record lows, and there are more jobs available than there are people to fill them. Given this scenario, it’s no surprise that the most pressing concern for business owners and managers nationwide right now is how to find the new hires they need and keep the good people they have. So, how can forward-thinking employers successfully compete... read more

LM150 company profile: Complete Landsculpture

July 9, 2018By
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Like so many in the business, Chris Strempek, founder, co-owner and president of Complete Landsculpture, entered the landscaping industry as a boy, equipped with an old mower, summers full of free time and an asking price of $5 per lawn. Strempek later founded Complete Landsculpture in 1985 when he was a second-year college student at the University of North Texas.... read more

The power of stay conversations

April 25, 2018By
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Although departing employees often will tell you they’re leaving for “more money,” research studies repeatedly confirm the No. 1 reason great employees leave is because of their managers. In HR circles, there’s even a saying for it: “People join companies and leave managers.” This does not mean, however, that managers who lose good people are hopelessly inept. On the contrary,... read more

Train to retain

February 23, 2018By
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An onboarding program, including in-the-field training for all team members, is part of LandCare’s new staffing philosophy. As good employees become more difficult to find—and keep—LandCare, a commercial landscape maintenance company with more than 50 locations across the U.S., has adopted a new philosophy: train to retain. “It’s never been harder for our industry to find great people,” says Dana... read more

10 ways to guarantee your best workers quit

January 27, 2017By
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1. Don’t make new hires feel welcome and valued. Employees are most impressionable during the first 60 days on the job. Every bit of information gathered during this time will either reinforce a new hire’s “buying decision” (to take the job) or lead to “new hire’s remorse”—especially if he or she is shunted to menial, routine work while you do... read more

10 commandments of hiring & retention

April 25, 2016By
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Thou shalt commit thyself to hiring and retaining only the best. Great companies are great employers, in turn, who are able to hire great people. Mediocre employees breed mediocrity, so make sure you recruit and select only the best. If a position goes unfilled for a while, you’re better off than if you settle for a new employee who doesn’t... read more