Working in the Landscape industry, it’s difficult to find long-term team members. The hours are strenuous and in this part of the country, it’s seasonal work (if we don’t get any snow – like this year). Although we offer competitive pay, advancement opportunities, and insurance benefits, you have to be creative with how you keep team members happy.
Last year, our owner, Justin Bates, mentioned getting a few chickens with our operations manager, Dylan. It seemed like such a fun idea and I was really excited to help take care of them. Justin and Dylan picked them up from a lady in New Jersey that was moving from her farm, and couldn’t bring her chickens with her (they found her on Craigslist). The chickens came with a multi-level hutch, nesting areas and a play area (the play area is not the technical term – just what I call it).
Over the Spring, Summer and Fall all our team members really got into taking care of them. Each day after work, they would pack up the equipment and go into the coop to clean-up, collect eggs, feed or give them water. It was a special time for the team to get together after work and just hang out. It’s really important for us, as a company, to make ‘work’ a family atmosphere and not somewhere you dread coming to each day.
Everyone loves the chickens so much, that we got a few more last weekend. The teams built out the coop to extend the space the chickens have for their ‘play area’ – we now have about 20 chickens. We even hired a Chicken Supervisor (see picture below of Tyson – it’s his official title)!
I hope you enjoyed this post, as it’s a little off topic from what I usually talk about. Lucky enough for you, I’ll most likely write a post about them every couple weeks, because they’re so cute! Have a great week.