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In the Bloom with Maria: Helping new hires become successful, long-term employees

November 12, 2019

It’s a growing challenge for the floral industry: In a tight labor market, it’s hard to find and keep employees. In a survey of Society of American Florists members earlier this year, 55 percent of respondents said the availability of labor is having an effect on their business. Hortica Retail Sales Specialist Maria Shepherd discovered […]

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Protect your greenhouse from heavy winter snowfalls

November 1, 2019

While snow can pile up on any rooftop, greenhouse owners have to worry about roof damage long before the average home or business owner. A sudden, heavy snow could also lead to a greenhouse collapse. We have some tips to help you protect your buildings all winter long. Reduce the risk Each snowfall is different. […]

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Tips for conducting effective employee safety meetings

October 29, 2019

No matter the workplace, safety is key. But in order for employees to understand safety measures, they have to be taught. There’s some belief that a safety meeting is sitting employees in front of a television and watching a safety video, but it’s just part of the puzzle. While a video can support a training […]

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Help prevent fires and injuries by using your extension cords safely

October 22, 2019

Many of the lights you’ll see on decorations this upcoming holiday season need electricity to power them. Often, decorators and designers turn to extension cords for help. While it’s convenient to have power in places where there’s no electrical outlet, extension cords can pose a fire and shock hazard if they’re used improperly. Fires are […]

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In the Bloom with Maria: Keep safety in mind while preparing your business for the fall and winter sales seasons

October 15, 2019

By now, you’ve probably begun visualizing your holiday merchandising. As Hortica Retail Sales Specialist Maria Shepherd explains, making changes to the way your inventory is displayed is also an opportunity to minimize your insurance risks. In the article “Summer Cleaning? Display Strategies That Drive Sales,” published June 21, 2019, in the Business Builder newsletter from […]

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Understanding the FMCSA Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse

October 8, 2019

When you hire safe drivers and promote good habits, you help make the road a safer place for everyone. Starting next year, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse will be a key resource for that. Here’s what you need to know to be sure you and your […]

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Lawmakers make limited progress adjusting federal rules regarding the production of hemp

October 1, 2019

In April, we shared with you the details surrounding the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. Five months later, lawmakers in Washington continue to discuss the merits of loosening the rules governing the growth and harvesting of hemp. Up to this point, no significant changes have been announced. Commercial growth of hemp was effectively banned by […]

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An employee handbook may help protect your business. Our EPLI coverage can guide you in creating one.

September 23, 2019

Employment issues are something every business owner worries about. Charges of wrongful termination, unfair hiring practices, sexual harassment, or racial discrimination are just some of the concerns. One of the best ways to try and limit your potential exposure is to prepare an employee handbook that educates workers about your company’s culture. Creating a handbook […]

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Tips to get your heating system ready for the cold weather ahead

September 17, 2019

When fall and winter come, your heating system becomes an important part of your business. It keeps your employees, customers, plants, and stock warm during the cold months. Heaters can be the cause of a variety of problems including fires, explosions, and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Below, you’ll find some general checklists to follow when […]

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In the Bloom with Maria: The new leader of Hortica talks insurance challenges and value

September 10, 2019

As part of a Society of American Florists E-Brief series, editors recently spoke to Tim Noble, the new president of Hortica. In the article “New Hortica Head Talks Challenges, Opportunities” by Mary Westbrook, editors asked him about what he’s learned during his first few months on the job—including the key opportunities he sees for Hortica […]

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