When it comes to training new and existing landscaping employees, there are two schools of thought: on-the-job (sometimes called OJT) and formal training. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, but only you can know which style of training is best for your business. We break down some of the most important differences between OJT and formal training below.
Retention rate is an important metric for any business. While it is most often used to measure the number of customers a business retains year over year (or month over month, depending on how you keep track), retention rate as it relates to employees is often just as important. In the landscaping industry, where employers often struggle to keep good employees, knowing how to improve your employee retention rate can help you save money and grow your business.
No one knows better than a landscaper that a beautiful yard or garden, left to grow unchecked, becomes an ugly mess that’s choked with weeds and vulnerable to pests. The same goes for our businesses. Growth is good—but only when it’s managed properly. This article explores five signs that your landscaping company is growing too fast and what to do about it.
In the best selling business book “Good To Great,” author Jim Collins makes a bold statement. While analyzing some of the world’s most successful companies, Collins realized that the difference between a good company and a great company was not a unique product, technology, vision, or charismatic leader; it was all about the people. As Collins says, “great vision without great people is irrelevant.”
Type “landscape business software” into Google and in less than a second you’ll be buried in results claiming to assist with every aspect of a landscape company’s operations: scheduling, invoicing, estimates, design, timesheets, purchasing, customer management and more. (There’s only one landscape training software, and that's us.) With so many options to choose from, deciding on a particular software tool or suite of tools can feel overwhelming. Here are four tips to help you make the best software investments for your landscape company.
Snow removal contracts are a popular way for landscaping companies to maintain staffing levels over the winter and ensure year-round income. When it comes to getting insurance, however, snow is a four-letter word. This article outlines why insurance has become such a challenge for snow removal companies and lets you in on one way that companies have used with good success to secure insurance they can afford.
If you take snow removal contracts to keep your landscaping income from freezing during the winter, you know all too well that plowing insurance is getting more difficult to obtain and more expensive to carry. A formal, documented training program is an excellent way to deal with a host of challenges in the landscaping trade, including obtaining insurance. This article offers four real-world examples of insurance claims made against snow removal companies, with information on how crew training could help you avoid them in your business.
If you own a landscaping company, you don't need us to tell you that crew turnover is painful and expensive. What you do need are proven tips for retaining top talent. This article reveals the 6 secrets we've learned about coaching from the best landscaping companies so you can coach your way into a crew that stays with you.
An emergency action plan (EAP) is a legal requirement for landscaping companies in the U.S., but it’s also just good business. By helping to ensure your company is adequately prepared in the event of an emergency, an EAP protects your people, your business and your reputation. OSHA says that creating a comprehensive emergency action plan isn’t difficult. That being said, we’ve put together this checklist specifically to help landscaping companies draft an EAP that covers the bases unique to our industry.
Lawn & Landscape’s 2017 State of the Industry report, published last October, states that more than three-quarters (77 per cent) of landscape contractors believe a lack of quality employees hinders their company’s growth. What’s the answer? According to the three companies we feature in this article, employee education and training courses offer a competitive advantage when it comes to finding and keeping good crew members.