With the season upon us and H2B remaining a swamp, you may be in a position in which you’re trying to find good employees. It can be a difficult task, so we wanted to help you out.
4 Steps To Finding Good Employees For Your Lawn Care Company
Whether you’re ready to hire your first employee, just always looking for new great employees so that you can expand, how do you find those employees that will work great and stay through the years?
Spread the Word
The best way to find a new employee, like anything else in life, is by word of mouth. Ask your employees if they can recommend someone. If you don’t already have employees, ask around in the communities you’re already a part of. Be careful that you don’t hire illegal aliens. There will be folks who are not native to America that will want to work for you, but your job as an employer is to make sure that their documentation is sound. Not doing your due diligence here could cost you your business.
Other great methods include Craigslist ads, Facebook ads, flyers, door hangers, and talking to your service providers. Is there a place you shop for all of your parts and gear? Do you have local vendors that you’ve cultivated relationships with? Leverage the goodwill you’ve gathered and ask them to get the word out that you’re hiring.
Until you are big enough to be known in your area, try some of the ideas bounced around by other lawn companies over at lawnsite.
Be the Best Employer
Your goal as a company should be that you are such an excellent place to work for that potential employees are asking you for work. Try to be the one that pays a bit more than average, has an off-season work solution (if you are trying for long-term employees), and treats your employees well. If you are known to be a good company to work for, the employees should come.
Pay an above average wage, train your employees well, use great systems, have sound equipment, and make sure that everyone treats each other well in your company. Try to find great employees that will stay with you long-term to keep your turnover down and avoid the constant issue of needing to hire more people.
Invest in the lives of the people that work for you. Yes, it’s a business, but as with anything in life, the more you put into something, the more you get out of it. I know personally, that when I’m fully engaged and feel as if I’m making a long-term impact on those who’ve trusted me with their business, I get more accomplished and feel much better about my role.
Minimize the Hardships of Maintenance and Landscaping
How can you get good employees when you want people to work hard in the elements for crazy hours all summer and then no hours in the winter? You need to try to balance out the issues with outside work and crazy seasons. When it’s a crazy hot day maybe send the trucks off with a jug of Gatorade, or show up with a free lunch in a crazy 60 hour week — find little things to show that you care about your employees and want to help them do their jobs.
Find people that want seasonal work or give them winter work somehow. At CLIP Lawn Care LLC, we have traditionally used H2B, which means that our legal employees can’t work exactly when we are out of work — they can only work in the states for eight months out of the year. This year, because of the issues the H2B program has faced, we’ve had to get creative. Other companies have ways to avoid the seasonal issues (most people want and need to work all year long) that include flipping houses, snow plowing, Christmas lighting, cleaning companies, and more. You can find more ideas in our article on Winter Work.
Make Your Employees Profit When You Do
The best worker is always the owner, so find ways to reward your employees for the results of their work. That might be piecework, bonuses, or just a salary increase — but make sure that they know you are watching and rewarding them for a job well done.
In my experience, the best company to work for is the one that doesn’t need to post employment ads — they are sought after because of the way they treat their employees and the dream they share with their employees.
Become the company you want to work for, spread the word, and good employees should come.