Your strategy for hiring and KEEPING worker bees?


LawnSite Silver Member
We had a great thread here today on when/how to grow your business.

Some of you (Kris comes to mind) have many crews and continue to grow and prosper.

My ? ... In an industry that is notorious for low pay for some of the hardest construction-like work, how do you keep your employees coming back year after year?

We use mostly local college students and they can work from April until daylight gets too short in fall. It just seems like working as a dreaded "landscaper" is a temporary port in the storm for so many employees.

Industry avgs for even foreman, are less than $20 an hour.

ok you big dawgs....tell us how you maintain your staffing levels to keep all those machines running and paying for themselves as you grow to the next level.


LawnSite Platinum Member
Dangle a carrot in front of them , offer a bonus for those who stay thru the season , say 2000.00 but explain to them screw ups , being late , denting the truck, etc are subtracted from the bonus. At the end of the season it can actually save you money , if there is less damage and more productivity . Just think of the money and time saved on help wanted adds, interviews and training.