What’s making you toss and turn at night instead of getting a good night’s rest?

If you’re like most landscape professionals today, it’s labor … or the lack thereof.

Think about it. You start a business, attract customers and begin to grow. When it becomes too much to handle on your own, you begin the task of hiring employees. You want to trust them to do their jobs right and represent your business positively and, in turn, you want to be able to pay their wages fairly and on time. Not only are you now responsible for your own livelihood, but you are now partially responsible for the lives of these people who have joined your once one-man or one-woman venture.

But finding quality employees can be challenging for small businesses that lack brand recognition to draw candidates and a recruiting department to seek out and screen applicants. Doing the due diligence necessary to ensure the right hire is time consuming. Add to that the process of training new employees and then retaining those employees who have made it past all of these steps successfully, and you can see how human resources can be challenging for any business owner.

Earlier this year, we sent out a survey to landscape professionals, and a whopping 41 percent say finding quality employees is the business challenge keeping them up most at night. It was No. 1 by a landslide.

And it makes sense then that 20 percent of landscape professionals list employee recruitment and retention as their top priority this year—third behind increasing profit (35 percent) and expanding their businesses (21 percent).

To help you get a jumpstart on your spring hiring, Turf brings you “The Ultimate Hiring Guide.” In the following links, you’ll find everything you need to know about recruiting, hiring and retention, in addition to other personnel management tips and tricks from industry experts you can use.

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