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SURVEY SAYS!


What is your largest labor challenge today?


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Minimum wage went up to $11.10 this year in Colorado and it will go up to $12.00 in 2020.


We were above minimum wage for entry-level positions prior to this increase, but the statewide increase made it so we are now competing with fast food restaurants and other entry- level positions to find laborers.


It is getting harder to find qualified people who want to do hard labor instead of these other available jobs with comparable starting pays.


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I’m most worried about getting enough help this season. There is always a shortage of good people with experience who you can turn loose and who bring you success on projects.


People whose hands you have to hold are everywhere. The problem is that I have to constantly be on the job site to lead with those types of individuals.


We are solving our labor issue by buying every piece of equipment that helps get a job done without an additional person.


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Our largest labor issue right now is finding people who will view this as a viable profession and realize that it takes a few years to gain the level of knowledge required to excel in our industry.


We are addressing this by showing a career path early and often, working together to set achievement goals, and having performance and goal achievement reviews quarterly. We offer learning opportunities through our local association, and we encourage all of our full-time employees to become Landscape Industry Certified.


ANNE CAMPBELL, OWNER/OPERATIONS MANAGER, COLORADO STONEWORKS LANDSCAPING, COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO


6 The Landscape Professional // May/June 2019


RYAN THOMPSON, OWNER, EVERGREEN LANDSCAPING OF CINCINNATI, CINCINNATI, OHIO


LORIENA HARRINGTON, L.I.C.M., OWNER, BEAUTIFUL BLOOMS LANDSCAPE & DESIGN, MENOMONEE FALLS, WISCONSIN


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