“We strive to end the ‘I am just mowing grass’ mentality,” Paul Barbour says. “We want our employees to view themselves as Green Industry professionals. Therefore we publically recognize their hard work and certifications by advertising these achievements in the area’s Business Connection Report.
Here are some other ways The Yard Barbours keeps employees passionate:
Jobs of the Week. At the end of each week, company owners do walk-throughs of all the jobs that were completed. Two jobs from the landscape division and two more from the maintenance and lawn care division are chosen as “Jobs of the Week”. These are projects that demonstrated keen attention to detail, excellence in service and quality. The crews that worked on the jobs are recognized during the following Monday morning meeting, and each crew member is awarded points that can be redeemed for paid vacation days.
Company Picnics, Peer Recognition. Company picnics are held each July for employees and their families. Food and entertainment is provided, but here is where the magic really happens: The personal achievements of each employee is recognized in front of the entire group. “By recognizing the important contributions each employee makes in front of their friends and family, we hope to promote employee pride and job ownership,” Paul says.
Leadership Dinner. Each December a Leadership Dinner for supervisors and crew leaders is held. “It’s an opportunity for us to specifically recognize, encourage and congratulate our leadership team for their hard work and dedication,” Paul says.