TAG: finding good employees

Overcoming the talent crisis

February 15, 2017By
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Understand the root causes of the landscape industry talent crisis. Then, find ways to promote the industry and your company. As I travel throughout the country, it’s become increasing clear the single overwhelming constraint facing landscape contractors is talent. From entry level to middle management to executive leadership, finding people to fill positions has become a bigger issue than raising... read more

Don’t hire the best applicants, hire the best employees

October 17, 2016By

Before I make a presentation, I survey the attendees to find out their challenges when it comes to recruiting, interviewing, selecting and retaining employees. This year, the three biggest challenges reported across all industries are: Not enough qualified applicants; The ability to identify the applicants with the highest potential of becoming stars; and Keeping stars motivated and engaged. When asked... 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