I Can’t Find Good Help

“I can’t find good help” … “Millennials aren’t coachable” … “People don’t want to work hard anymore” … “No one wants to do blue-collar work.” You hear people say these things all the time. I don’t necessarily believe them, but recruiting good people can be challenging. Let’s not debate these cliches. Let’s look at some […]

Where Are All the Workers?

Many tree care businesses are finding themselves short of the one thing they need to thrive and grow: workers. The Bank of America recently estimated that 4.6 million workers exited the labor force during the pandemic – but only half are expected to rejoin by the end of the year. How to coax those badly […]

Safe and Appreciated Employees Stick Around

“When you get hurt doing tree work, there are no paper cuts out there, it really hurts; the industry lives up to its reputation (of being dangerous),” says Michael Roche, owner of Vermont Arborists, an accredited, 26-year TCIA member company based in Waterbury Center, Vermont. He cites potential hospitalization and chiropractor visits. “People are willing […]

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Crew Resource Management Is a Team Approach to Success

I remember a comment my instructor made during flight school for ultralights: “Are you ahead of the aircraft or behind it?” Obviously, the key is to be ahead of the aircraft, where you are in control and anticipating what will happen next. Once the situation turns around and you are behind the plane and reacting, […]

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Patriotic Support Results in DoD Award for Petree Arbor Owners

It isn’t every day that someone in the tree care industry gets a call from a representative of the U.S. military to inform them they’ve won the Department of Defense Patriotic Employer Award. But that’s exactly what happened to April and Brad Petree, husband and wife co-owners of Petree Arbor, Lawn & Landscape, Inc., located […]

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