TAG: hiring

Hire the right people

February 27, 2018By and

Determine a candidate’s strengths and empower employees for success. Doesn’t every new hire result in a better crew that produces better-than-current results? Well, not really. Our experience has shown that more than half the time, a new hire doesn’t work out. However, we know that by following a hiring process, we can reduce that percentage and have happier employees that... read more

Cleveland company in second chance business

May 5, 2016By

Amidst industry-wide distress over hiring and labor issues, Rich Alvarez took a different approach to hiring by targeting residents facing barriers to employment, according to Freshwater Cleveland.  His company, New Life Landscaping in Cleveland offers landscape maintenance, weed removal and some design/build. Prior to starting New Life, the 46-year-old Alvarez served as a police officer for many years and ran his own landscape company on the side.... read more

10 commandments of hiring & retention

April 25, 2016By

Thou shalt commit thyself to hiring and retaining only the best. Great companies are great employers, in turn, who are able to hire great people. Mediocre employees breed mediocrity, so make sure you recruit and select only the best. If a position goes unfilled for a while, you’re better off than if you settle for a new employee who doesn’t... read more

What to do when good people leave

March 29, 2016By

There are times in every business when we face the challenging and often sad news that one of our key managers has decided to move on. The first reaction from leadership is often surprise. “How could we have missed this?” This thought is followed by fear and dread. “How will we make it and what will people think?” Finally, it... read more

Editorial Advisory Board: Successful recruiting tactics

March 8, 2016By

What one thing separates companies that are succeeding in recruitment from ones that aren’t? Landscape Professionals Richard Bare Arbor-Nomics Turf Norcross, Ga. “You have to create an environment to draw the best and the brightest because people come in from an ad, look around and say, ‘Is this where I want to spend the best days and years of my... read more

Efficiency Tip: Good questions

January 15, 2016By

As it gets more difficult to find qualified team members, it’s more important to focus company resources on this effort, says Andrew Ziehler, president of Ziehler Lawn & Tree Care in Centerville, Ohio. But he realized the company was spending too much time reviewing applications and interviewing candidates who didn’t meet company requirements. So, about two years ago, the company... read more