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.
We see the positive impact of training on the landscaping companies we work with every day, but usually we simply smile to ourselves or share the story with our team. There’s no reason to keep the bottom-line benefits of training a secret, though. Here are 8 ways training can make your landscaping business more successful.
What’s wrong with getting your hands dirty in the scorching heat or numbing cold, with no guarantee of year-round employment? Say what you like about “kids today,” but the type of work we offer in the landscaping industry is contributing to high turnover rates. If the job itself is unforgiving, it’s up to us as business owners and managers to step in to keep our crews happy. This checklist is a great place to start.