I set out to write an inspiring blog today about the origins of Labor Day. After researching the start of Labor Day, I learned it was not all that inspiring. It is a holiday born out of strikes, clashes and even deaths in the late 1800’s. Many of the traditions associated with Labor Day came to be out of finally recognizing the efforts of the working man, who at that time earned low wages and averaged as many as seven 12-hour workdays each week while working in less than ideal conditions.
In many ways, the conversations that took place back then are the same conversations that take place now. We still have national discussions on work hours, pay, and overall working conditions. Regardless of your point of view though, I think we can all agree that without hardworking Americans, our country would not be the great place it is today.
Here at LawnAmerica, we strive to provide the highest pay possible for our staff, which averages anywhere from 20-40% higher than other lawn care companies. We also strive to provide a great place to come to work, great benefits, the best equipment, and opportunities to grow.
However, this post is not about LawnAmerica the business – it’s about the 68 people that make up LawnAmerica.
Our Route Managers and Technicians spend the year walking 10 miles or more each day while pulling a hose or pushing a spreader. Sometimes those miles are covered during 100 degree days while others are in the cold of winter. There are cloudy days and windy days and days where the storms sneak up on you. There are 50 pound bags of fertilizer to carry around. There are sore muscles and the ever persistent pollen allergies. There are hundreds of phone calls to make each year in addition to knowing about weeds, insects, and fertilizers.
Our office staff may not be subject to the same temperature extremes, but their jobs are equally as challenging. First of all, they have the task of keeping 50 Route Managers and Technicians (who are in their 20’s and 30’s) in line, which can be a full-time job of its own. But in addition to that, they talk to thousands of customers each year – helping to measure properties, set up services, take payments, and solve problems. They manage countless reports helping us not miss services and to make sure that we stay on time. Without them, we would never get anything done!
Our people have always been what makes LawnAmerica great.
To the men and women that make up LawnAmerica; we love and appreciate you!
Happy Labor Day!