For landscaping companies, the continuing challenge of attracting and keeping good employees “is now nearing crisis levels,” according to the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP), which is organizing two-day workshops in Dallas and Orlando to address the issue.
In addition to two full days in the workshop, which will be led by the principals at green industry consulting firm the Harvest Group, both the Dallas and Orlando sessions will include an optional half-day tour of a local facility.
The Orlando session is set for Jan. 31-Feb. 2, while the Dallas workshop is scheduled for Feb. 21-23. The cost for members of NALP or the Harvest Group is $895. The price for non-members is $1,195. Those opting to participate in the facility tour will be charged an additional $80 to cover the costs of that activity. In Dallas, the tour will visit Southern Botanical, a major landscaping company there. The Orlando tour has yet to be finalized.
In a news release announcing the workshops, NALP says the “war for people” is on, as declining numbers of young people choose landscaping as a career while “legislative and regulatory restraints put additional pressures on our industry.”
The following topics are among those that will be covered by the Harvest Group’s Ed Laflamme, Bill Arman and Steve Cesare:
- How to determine your “people” needs.
- How to find and recruit the people you need.
- How to screen, interview and evaluate your candidates.
- How to create a positive company culture.
- How to be sure you are in compliance with state and federal laws.
- How organization charts help save money and bring clarity to your organization.
- How to grow and create loyalty with career ladders.
- How to create loyal and motivated people.
NALP says landscape company owners, managers and human resources staff members will benefit from the program.
The registration fee includes two breakfasts, two lunches and two evening networking receptions, as well as all course materials, workbooks and handouts.
For more details, visit this page on NALP’s website.