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TAG: incentive programs

Show me the money: A look at incentive programs

June 18, 2018By
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They say money talks. And it seems lawn care technicians are listening. Companies are offering commission, bonus and incentive programs to increase production rates and motivate their lawn care crews to go the extra mile. “In today’s competitive workplace, it takes a whole lot more than just a flat hourly rate to attract someone to be part of your company,”... read more

Web Extra: Hourly raises are rising

August 4, 2017By

Kevin McHale, owner of McHale Landscape, says it took “a shift from the paradigm” to get his field employees to understand the value of an incentive program—particularly one that’s tied to company performance. In many employees’ minds, hourly pay trumps all, even a 401(k)-matching program, he says. “In our industry, everything is gauged and valued at what you get paid... read more

Editor’s Note: Do rewards work?

August 4, 2017By

Keep it simple seems like good advice when it comes to employee incentive programs. It’s the first of a few rules of thumb offered by a compensation expert in our cover story this month. It seems like a no-brainer to me, as someone who can barely keep up with her school-age daughters’ sticker charts. Landscape company owners and managers have... read more

Editorial Advisory Board: August 2017

August 4, 2017By

“An effective incentive program must ______________.” Landscape Pros Richard Bare Arbor-Nomics Turf Norcross, Ga. “… be fair and equitable causing neither envy or pride.” Chris Joyce Joyce Landscaping Cape Cod, Mass. “…be constantly visible and the outcome/results easily understand.” Adam Linnemann Linnemann Lawn Care & Landscaping Columbia, Ill. “…must be monitored closely and consistently.” Industry Consultants Dan Gordon TurfBooks Newton,... read more

Incentivize correctly

October 17, 2016By

Here’s the good, the bad and the ugly of profit sharing. Incentive programs are always among the most engaging topics in business management workshops. Every owner or manager sits up straighter and leans in closer to hear how other contractors implement incentives for better productivity and efficiency. And while there’s no perfect system, there are many systems better than no... read more