It's no secret that finding good employees is no easy task. In 2013 Forbes.com reported that skilled trades had been the hardest industry to fill employment gaps for the previous three years. Almost 10 years later, it seems the trend is only getting worse. In 2018 the Associated General Contractors of America found that 70% of contractors had a difficult time finding qualified workers. While there are many factors influencing this worrying trend, there are some things you can do to make finding and keeping good employees a little easier. We’ll lay out some of the creative ways you can find good employees, and how to keep them once you’ve got them.
Technology, an encapsulating term for both our fears and anxieties along with our imagination and wonder. You have likely found yourself on both sides of this spectrum, simultaneously cursing your smartphone for “going to slow” while revelling in its technological mysticism.
We often talk about the ways that landscape crew training can help reduce crew turnover and create more engaged employees, but there's more to our training than that. Investing in training can also improve the performance of your employees and, as was the case with Zeppa's Landscaping, ensure that your crew is properly trained to perform specific jobs.
Great businesses are built on great communication. When it comes to your business, communicating with your landscape crew is no different. Whether you’re using open and transparent communication to help build your team or simply trying to use clear communication to share expectations and goals for a project, great communication is the best way for everyone to get on the same page.
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.