Are Foreman Necessary?
With titles comes more money, or at least usually.
In the lawn and landscape industry it has forever been a challenge to find hard working, reliable, competent employees. When you do find an employee who you can trust, who does his job well and seems to be genuinely concerned with the overall success of the company, you definitely want to keep this person around.
Often times, business owners in this industry are quick to hand out the title of "foreman". They feel that since this person has demonstrated qualities other employees have not, they deserve to be recognized, given a title, given more responsibility and ultimately, paid more money.
But are foreman necessary?
Does a crew need someone to tell them what they should already know? Does there need to be someone paid more money to make sure everyone is doing the job they are already being paid to do?
Depending on the size of your company, I do not have an issue with "Division Leaders" - a person in charge of all employees who provide a service that falls within a division of a company - maintenance, lawn care, installation, irrigation, lighting, etc...
This division leader oversees all work and all employees within that division. But again, each crew that goes out into the field, if properly trained and informed of their duties should not need someone along side them to tell them what to do and how to do it.
The avoidance of crew foremans comes from the company being organized, efficient and training all employees to do their job the right way, the safe way, in the proper amount of time.
Also, when a crew has a foreman, the other members of the crew often do not "step-up". They feel that they do not have to concern themselves with accountability, because ultimately that will fall upon the shoulders of the foreman.
Create a culture from the start that requires all employees to be on time, follow safety guidelines, work hard, finish their work within the expected amount of time and provide quality in the process.
Then you won't have to pay someone $19 an hour to babysit.