Quality Employee Retention

Discussion in 'Employment' started by BAMSLandscaping, Aug 28, 2013.

  1. BAMSLandscaping

    BAMSLandscaping LawnSite Member
    from MD
    Posts: 19

    This has probably been asking a ton but I can't seem to find the thread. For a very small operation, how do you retain the guys (good ones) you hire during the season to come back the following season? I am losing a lot of good talent (mostly during the initial interview) because I can't provide the hours they are seeking when things slow down. I have thought about going to a salary type deal but it's basically just the same they would make during the season averaged out over 12 months... I am located in MD so snow removal doesn't provide much during the winter except some storms here and there.

    Any advice would be appreciated?
  2. Sprinkler Buddy

    Sprinkler Buddy LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 1,187

    You can't, if you can't feed them year round, you'll always be looking for new help each season.
  3. maelawncare

    maelawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 418

    I always offer a come back bonus and a pay raise. They stay on unemployment during the winter to "get by" then come back and get caught up with the bonus. Works good for me.
  4. BAMSLandscaping

    BAMSLandscaping LawnSite Member
    from MD
    Posts: 19

    Good idea on the return bonus thanks

    GOATMAN GEORGE LawnSite Member
    Posts: 88

    Its tough. Fact is you have to compete for employees just like for contracts. You need some commercial accounts that are year round & can at least offer reduced hours in winter.
  6. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,112

    Where you at in Maryland?
  7. Jenncolawn

    Jenncolawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 22

    Hey maelawncare
    What amount of a comeback bonus do you offer and what is the hourly wage of those employees
  8. BAMSLandscaping

    BAMSLandscaping LawnSite Member
    from MD
    Posts: 19

    Lower Montgomery County
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