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TAG: employee retention

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

The Bruce Co. shares retention tips at CENTS

January 13, 2016By

Green industry members from across the Midwest converged on the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio, Jan. 11-13 for CENTS 2016, hosted by the Ohio Nursery & Landscape Association. Attendees struggling with labor issues had the opportunity to learn from the father-son team at The Bruce Co., which has mastered employee retention. The Wisconsin-based firm has employees that have served the... read more

ABCs of employee retention

January 12, 2016By

Employers added 271,000 jobs in October, far exceeding economists’ forecasts. The unemployment rate slipped a tenth of a point to 5 percent and average hourly earnings moved up 0.4 percent, doubling economists’ expectations. So, how are you ensuring your best team members don’t jump ship? Employee retention efforts don’t have to be elaborate. You just have to do a good... read more