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Landscaper’s generous benefits cut recruiting costs to nothing

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The general manager of Waltham, Mass.-based A Yard & A Half Land­scaping says she spends nothing on recruiting because the firm’s employees are eager to get jobs there for their family and friends.

That might be because the organization’s benefits include the usual (medical, dental and retirement plans) and also the unusual. For example, one office worker was allowed to bring her newborn to the office three days a week for a year. Employees who want time off for unique religious holidays are allowed to work on traditional holidays and then choose their own days off.

GM Eileen Michaels says she tailors benefits to suit employee needs. So she paid 100% of a project worker’s tuition for a property maintenance course. When another employee finished a job early, he was rewarded with a $200 drill set Michaels knew he wanted.

Several employees have been with the firm for a dozen or more years.

Contact: Eileen Michaels, (781) 788-8855.

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