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Old 11-01-2009, 09:16 PM
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How many of you are able to retain employees over the winter?

How many of you have employees that are able to sit out the winter with you? Im talking no snowplowing or any income from side jobs.
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Old 11-02-2009, 09:32 PM
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Come on, 50 views and no replies?
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Old 11-02-2009, 09:33 PM
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Unemployment insurance?.....Cant imagin a employee who gets paid and does nothing for you.............
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Old 11-02-2009, 09:33 PM
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Some of us work year round. Not just snow either.
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Old 11-02-2009, 11:59 PM
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We work all year round too.
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Old 11-03-2009, 12:18 AM
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It doesn't snow much down here LOL so we work year round. It slows down to every other week in the winter but always seems to be something to do.
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Old 11-03-2009, 11:09 AM
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Its about 50-50 some stay and some go.
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Old 11-05-2009, 06:52 PM
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yeah, 50 50 here too, some stay and come back after the winter on unemployment.
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Old 12-06-2009, 03:40 AM
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I agree with the 50/50 above. People have to make money and they will move on... Some people have gone for the winter and came back in the spring though. I've had the same group of part timers for 3 years now, if one isn't able to help then another is... I recommend to have a few part time guys trained to your equip and scope of work, and whoever wants to get paid more will come to work. There is still a lot of work to do during the winter, so you just have to figure out your area and sell what is needed.
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Old 12-06-2009, 06:33 PM
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really, around here most of the lower paid work force ( face it lawn care is not a huge money maker for laborers)are scrubs so it makes it hard to find the ones worth it. we have had a few now that have loyalty to our company and do great work so we try to pay them well and take care of them like family at times to build a good relationship. that seems to work best for us. you just have to know where the line is and not cross it between employee that you treat well and really befriending them. it can backfire easily
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