TAG: labor

Making the most of a labor force

July 23, 2018By
Crew member and sprinklers. Photo: Serpico Landscaping

Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Serpico Landscaping has struggled to hire people—due in part to the region’s economic growth that has created some of the highest wages in the country. President Peter Novak says hiring and retention have been challenging for many years, but the struggle has intensified over the last several years. “Demand has driven wages way... read more

Landscapers’ labor woes net news coverage

August 16, 2017By

Two companies on the LM150 list of the largest landscape companies are in the news this month, getting coverage from their local media outlets about their labor challenges. The Greenery was featured in a story on WSAV about its struggle to hire in the resort town of Hilton Head Island, S.C. Limited affordable housing in this area has prompted the... read more

Government funding bill addresses H-2B, NALP says

May 1, 2017By

Congressional negotiators reached an agreement late Sunday on a spending bill that contains “limited H-2B cap relief,” according to an email alert from the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP). If approved by the House and Senate and signed by President Trump before May 5, the bill will fund the government through the end of September. The bill provides the... read more

Q&A: Experts discuss the biggest mistakes LCOs make

November 18, 2016By

At a breakfast panel on Nov. 16 during the 2016 Landscape Management Lawn Care Forum, our group of experts weighed in on a burning question: “In each of your areas of expertise, what is the biggest mistake you see lawn care companies make?” Here’s how they responded. Karen Reardon—vice president of public affairs, Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment (RISE) Area of expertise: pesticide and fertilizer policy... read more

The Bruce Co. shares retention tips at CENTS

January 13, 2016By

Green industry members from across the Midwest converged on the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio, Jan. 11-13 for CENTS 2016, hosted by the Ohio Nursery & Landscape Association. Attendees struggling with labor issues had the opportunity to learn from the father-son team at The Bruce Co., which has mastered employee retention. The Wisconsin-based firm has employees that have served the... read more

Labor report: No silver bullet

January 6, 2016By

For most landscape companies, hiring and retaining workers is their top growth challenge. What one word would you use to describe your company’s No. 1 obstacle to growth in 2016?” People. Manpower. Help. Employees. Personnel. Workers. No matter how respondents worded it, some form of the word “labor” was the top answer given to our open-ended Industry Pulse question about... read more

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