In 2017 we wanted to re-define who we are as a unit, and how can we make the workplace an avenue to learn, grow, and succeed. We gathered around a whiteboard and started brainstorming. After two hours of scribbles, our group whittled it down to 10 terms that we thought embodied “us”. We left it up to our entire employee family to decide what the final 5 values would be, and gave them a blank space to write their own. After tallying up the votes, we came up with five from our list and we added a sixth based on what the employees wrote in; a group effort which defines what it means to be part of the K&D team! We incorporate these values in our day to day operation of K&D, from encouraging text blasts, to a little friendly competition, we don’t just work with these values, we LIVE them. Our goal is motivate and encourage each individual to be successful in life and in work, these core values are just a reminder of the purpose we all have.

Safety

Whether it’s driving to a job site, or operating equipment, we take every precaution to maintain an environment that is proactive and protected. Training meetings and classes prepare us to think smarter and double check everything! We can never be too cautious when looking out for our teammates and community.

Teamwork

Working as a team is more than just working next to one another, it is about working WITH one another. It is about picking up where one falls short and lending a hand, even if they don’t say they need it. This key value helps create an inviting and productive working environment throughout the company. Choosing teamwork to be a core value has enlightened us see that we are not just coworkers, but a family, with friendships, dedication, and hospitality.

Professionalism

From answering a phone call, to greeting a client, our team here at K&D prides itself on being the most professional landscape company in the industry. We believe it is the foundation for a successful team and challenges each of us treat others with the upmost respect and courtesy, ensuring a happy workplace and business. It is about poise, ethics, and reliability of our team to guarantee the satisfaction of every customer.

Humility

As a crucial value in our company, Humility means a disposition to be humble; or a lack of false pride. It is embraced by each individual and the company as a whole. All of us take pride in what we do, our six core values encourage that; however, humility pushes us to admit when we are wrong, and embrace an opportunity to learn new ideas and techniques from our teammates. “Humility is not a value for the foolish. It’s embraced by the wise who want to become wiser.” It is a gateway to seek and provide honest feedback resulting in continuous personal improvement.

Hunger

In order to succeed, we must first have the desire and dedication to go above and beyond what is expected. Hunger is about raising the bar to new heights and meeting that challenge! This in turn forces us develop and improve our skills at work and at home. As we all know, it takes a strong and driven team to grow a company together and achieve greatness

Respect

Before it is earned, it is given. Respect is about showing gratitude and admiration toward those around us. It reflects on the way we treat those we work with as well as those we may work for. Customer satisfaction is achieved once we understand their needs and expectations and go out of our way to meet them. Respecting those needs challenges us to grow together as a team, as well as develop individual skills to succeed in our personal lives.