Living in Florida is great if you’re trying to avoid frigid, icy winters. But in order to get mild winters, you must exchange for hot and humid summers. Florida summers can be brutal and your groundskeeping team is feeling the brunt of the weather change as the temperatures rise and the sun begins to feel relentless. It’s extremely important that you do whatever you can to keep your groundskeepers safe and healthy as they are a critically important part of your team.
It’s extremely important that you do whatever you can to keep your groundskeepers safe and healthy as they are a critically important part of your team.
Staying hydrated can be difficult when working outside in the heat. It feels like you’re sweating just as much as you are drinking and it’s difficult to get ahead. First and foremost, make sure that all members of your groundskeeping team have access to drinking water at all times. Big coolers filled with water will do the trick, or you might consider investing in hydration packs like the CamelBak. This way, water is only as far away as the pack they are wearing.
In addition to providing water, it’s important to make sure that electrolyte levels are being maintained properly. To balance this issue some people drink sports drinks like Gatorade, but you can also purchase electrolyte tabs that fulfill the same purpose without consuming quite as much sugar.
2. Sun protection
Other than dehydration, another danger for groundskeepers is sun exposure. Too much sun is bad for the skin and the eyes. In order to protect your staff, make sure you have plenty of sunscreen available to them at all times, and that they all have access to appropriate clothing. You may consider providing uniform shirts to all members of your groundskeeping staff that are long sleeved but allow them to remain cool and comfortable. The less exposure to the extreme sun the better.
Uniform hats are another great accessory that will protect your groundskeepers from sun exposure while still being uniform and appropriate for work. Doing as much as you can to provide these beneficial articles of clothing will ensure that everyone is safe regardless of their ability to purchase these items for themselves.
The appearance of your grounds makes an important first impression to your guests, and your groundskeepers are on the front line. Maintaining a healthy working environment is important for all of your team members, but your groundskeeping team has a very specific set of hazards to be concerned about.
Along with the inherent dangers of working with trees, and dealing with snakes, bugs, and other creepy crawlers, the team managing your grounds is exposed to the extreme weather that comes along with Florida summers. Keeping them safe is a good investment in your organization. Contact us today if you need help building a great groundskeeping team, we are experts in finding the right people for the right positions in your hotel.