July 2019

Matt Hiner

We’re halfway through 2019 already, yet for some of us in Colorado we are just now hitting our stride on productivity after the last-spring weather setbacks. In the past, July was a time to take a break midseason and reconnect. Our season seems to be following a different timeline this year. How can we take a break when it feels like we’re just getting started?

It is important for your health that you do take a break. If your health suffers, so does your work. And research found that working more than 55 hours per week (sound familiar?) can increase your risk of cardiovascular disease in the long term. In the short term, working too many hours can affect your sleep and your energy levels and can ultimately reduce productivity. Sounds like a great reason to take a break to recharge from time to time.

ALCC’s summer party is a great way to take a break, though there’s opportunity for a little professional networking too. Join us at Denver’s City Park Pavilion for a family friendly afternoon cookout. Despite the hectic season, we still need a time-out. Colorado’s green industry is hard-working, but for many of us family and work-life balance still come first. Bring the family and introduce your peers to the reason you do the work that you do.

If you’ve got time to break away from the office before the summer party, I urge you to consider joining me, ALCC CEO John McMahon, and other Colorado landscape professionals in DC for Legislative Days on the Hill. There’s still time to register for a Capitol Hill fly-in July 16 and 17. The Colorado delegation will meet with our representatives to discuss the H-2B visa program and other legislative and regulatory issues that affect the landscape industry. Contact John McMahon at 303 757-5611 if you’d like to join us.

In the meantime, remember to take care of yourself while you take care of your company. There’s a lot of work to be done, but those busy schedules are a sign of success. Our skills and professionalism are being sought by consumers and that’s good for everyone. Hang in there, and let ALCC know how we can support you.

Matt Hiner
Hiner Outdoor Living, Colorado Springs
ALCC Board President