View Full Version : Foreman to Crew Ratio

03-10-2002, 08:32 PM
I searched and searched again and can not find this so no yelling please.

Can anyone tell me what they feel is a good foreman to crew ratio is in multi-crew shops?? Assume lawn maintenance, and some installation, with no apps.


03-10-2002, 08:51 PM
all depends on the crew i suppose but i think a foreman for every 2 workers is good, can really picture haveing any more workers then that for a site anyway, now if u (owner) are the foreman then 3 workers.

03-10-2002, 09:31 PM
This depends on the site, the type of work being done and the foreman's ability. On large mowing sites, a good foreman may supervise 8 or more people successfully. On complicated landscape installs, 2-4 men may be the maximum.

03-10-2002, 09:31 PM
i agree with stslawncare. if the owner is the foreman than he should be able to handle 3 workers. it all depends on the workers, some act like they already know what to do, while others need guidance every step of the way and need constant attention. from experience, the more workers you have, the more headache you'll get. keep it small and things should work out for the better. good luck

03-10-2002, 09:59 PM
I think a good ratio is one foreman per crew.

But seriously folks...

I've found that a foreman and 2 laborers is the most labor efficient for what we do. Sometimes it's even best with one foreman, one laborer. You can get a job done faster with one or two more sets of hands, but your productivity per man-hour will drop quite a bit with each person you add.

03-11-2002, 08:45 AM
For our residential maintenance we have one foreman to two laborers or one laborer - depending on the crew.

In the fall we add labor to help with leaf removal. If we get up to over 5 men per crew, we have to make sure there is a strong leadman on the crew to help direct the less experienced labor.

Installation - one foreman and two laborers, typically. If the job is manual labor intensive, we'll add another laborer.