Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

SEP 2018

LC/DBM provides landscape contractors with Educational, Imaginative and Practical information about their business, their employees, their machines and their projects.

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 12 LC DBM Calendar of Events October 3-4 Building Industry Association 2018 Building Industry Show Pechanga Resort & Casino Temecula, California October 4-6 National Precast Concrete Association NPCA Annual Convention Omni Providence Hotel Providence, Rhode Island October 10-11 The Landscape Expo Long Beach Convention Center Long Beach, California October 11-13 International Association of Lighting Designers Enlighten Americas 2018 Motif Seattle Seattle, Washington October 14-18 American Concrete Institute Fall 2018– Dream Big, Build Bigger Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, Nevada October 17-19 GIE + Expo and Hardscape North America Kentucky Exposition Center Louisville, Kentucky | October 19-22 American Society of Landscape Architects Annual Meeting and EXPO Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Philadelphia, Pennsylvania October 23-26 The National Pest Management Association PestWorld 2018 Orlando, Florida November 4-8 American Water Resources Association 2018 AWRA Annual Conference Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards Baltimore, Maryland November 8-10 Tree Care Industry Association TCIA Expo 2018 Charlotte Convention Center Charlotte, North Carolina BUILDING A BETTER BUSINESS The Association of Equipment Manufacturers recently released the following list provided by Roger Belisle, vice president of op - erations at Whissell Contracting Ltd, on ways to help keep em- ployees satisfied on the job (it has been edited for space): Establish priorities Our company has three "daily pillars": safety, followed by quality and efficiency. We hold safety meetings every morning, and make sure to cover anything and everything related to our pillars affect- ing our work. Emphasize training We recently developed and established an in-house institute for training. Manage employee workloads effectively Employee retention becomes even more difficult (with) seasonal work, since workers are often more likely to leave when opportu- nities dry up. To combat this, we really make a concerted effort to keep our employees busy and on the job. Keep your equipment well maintained We take great pride in keeping our fleet of machines clean, safe and running well. It doesn't break down, and… most importantly, our equipment does its job. Be transparent We make it a priority to share our corporate priorities, strategies and initiatives. We encourage employees to speak up and get the information they need. Stay up-to-date on the latest tools and technologies Companies like ours have begun to lean more on technology to improve efficiency and better meet the needs of customers. Drones are one good example. Autonomous equipment also (offers) a ton of potential (see page 28). Encourage networking and continuous learning Trade shows are critical to our workforce development efforts…to see what's new and bring relevant information back to our company. Engage, engage, engage We spend quite a bit of time, money and resources in developing our workforce. When employees come to work for us, they can see a career path ahead. Identify opportunities and threats, and then act accordingly Our company recognized a growing skills gap in the industry some time ago. We set up in-house training programs (and) brought in staff to train new employees. Show employees you care, consistently Not only do we try to engage workers, we really make an effort to show our employees they are valued. Correction: In last month's issue, the article, Building Big Block Retaining Walls, relied on information from Best Practices for SRW Design published by Allan Block. The guidelines contained within that manual are not necessarily meant for building walls with large units. The article also referenced the National Concrete Masonry Association, which does not include that segment of the industry in its ranks. Apologies extended.

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