Date of Award
Master of Science
Labor intensive tasks, seasonal positions, low wages, and a decreasing supply of domestic labor have contributed to Iowa horticultural firms hiring foreign-born workers. The majority of these workers are Spanish-speaking Latinos who arrived to the United States from Mexico and other parts of Latin America and find jobs in golf course maintenance, landscape installation, and nursery production. Addressing the educational and other employment needs of both Latino workers and their managers was anticipated to improve working conditions, job satisfaction, and productivity of both employees and the companies that hired Latino workers. This study assessed educational needs, communication gaps and technical skills of English-speaking managers of primarily Spanish-speaking workers in the Iowa horticultural industry. This study also assessed educational needs and technical issues of Spanish-speaking workers in the Iowa horticultural industry. The study produced a list of topics for educational programming that could improve communications and horticultural knowledge between English-speaking managers and Latino employees.
Justen, Emilie, "Perceptions of managers and Spanish-speaking employees in the Iowa horticultural industry" (2008). Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 11828.