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Web Extra: Feedback review template

September 22, 2017By

In his September 2017 column, Phil Harwood offered a look at how we grow careers by providing well-laid-out career paths, professional development and honest feedback along the way. Regular feedback session to review career progress, discuss obstacles and identify support needed is crucial for success. These meetings are an honest conversation between a person and his or her boss. They’re... 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

Web Extra: A closer look at the core purpose of GreenEarth Landscape Services

July 18, 2017By

Our July 2017 cover story focused on GreenEarth Landscape Services and how its owners, Shawn Knight and Jeremy Durgan, are ‘scaling up’ by focusing on culture, communications and key metrics. The pair have a 10-year goal of expanding GreenEarth Landscape Services to 16 branches between Florida and Alabama by 2027. That’s not a small feat for the Santa Rosa Beach,... read more

Web Extra: How GreenEarth Landscape makes employees’ dreams come true

July 2, 2017By

Improving company culture has been a major shift at GreenEarth Landscape Services. Building trust among team members has played a major role in that effort. One way the company has done so is through its dream-fulfillment program, a concept organized by John Ratliff when he ran Appletree Answers and one that consulting firm Petra Coach introduced to the organization. With... read more

Web Extra: Municipal vs. Commercial RFPs

May 12, 2017By

In some form or another, both municipalities and commercial entities, often property management groups, use RFPs to bid work. Municipal RFPs are often called “formal,” due to their rigidity and cookie-cutter aspects, while “informal” Commercial RFPs are more flexible and open-ended. “Formal RFPs are fairly regimented,” says Ken Thomas, co-founder of Envisor Consulting. “Informal RFPs are more in the property... read more

Web Extra: Where to find RFPs

May 12, 2017By

The Internet makes it very easy to find RFPs—if you know where to look. Municipalities are often legally obligated to publish RFP opportunities in order to create an even playing field, says Mike Voories, COO at Brillar, a Detroit-based landscape maintenance firm. Municipality websites—i.e. City of Cleveland www.city.cleveland.oh.us—are often a good place to start. There are also many regional sites... read more