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Old 11-13-2013, 12:17 AM
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What have your employee(s) done this year?

What have y'all's employee or employees done this year? I'll lead off.
In a matter of 6 months, my guy broke a window ($55), lost the bag to my exmark metro 26" ($150), had a blower stolen out of the back of the truck ($180), and almost cost me two customers which woulve been about $300/month combined.
I can't completely blame the blower on him because I didn't have it locked up to begin with.
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Old 11-13-2013, 12:31 AM
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employee 1) in the matter of three months: Broke a kick panel window in the brand new excavator $200. broke a window on the door of the same excavator (multi paned) $450. Lost his license to drive from his third DUI.

Employee 2) the mechanic (if you call him that) grounded TWO solenoids, in a row wrong, blowing them ($65 each). Changed breaks on a truck that didnt need them to be changed ($100). Drove the bobcat into an enclosed trailer ($200). Did a head gasket job on the loader that didnt need a head gasket ($500)

employee 3) going home literally twice a day to let his dog out to pee (took me a few months to catch that)

Employee 4) so much excessive personal cell phones use I can't calculate time loss and just the other night left in the middle of a busy snow plow route, to drive across town and give his wife a ride to work, in the company truck because "the roads were too icy and dangerous for her to drive her OWN car"??

yea that guy isn't fired... yet.
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Old 11-13-2013, 03:11 AM
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Thank you guys

I really like reading stuff like this allot. I am an owner operator that has considered a second team from time to time. When I read posts like this it teaches me to keep just enough to keep me really busy and not make that leap.
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Old 11-13-2013, 08:00 AM
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We had one just not show up last Tuesday. He decided to quite but not tell anybody.

Earlier this year I had to buy 3 new trimmers cause they ran straight gas through them

It a unnecessary evil if you want to move past certain milestones you eventually bring people in to work for you
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Old 11-22-2013, 09:56 AM
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GQLL, that sucks about that guy being a No call-No show. That screws everybody.
I agree that it's a necessary evil to have employees if u wanna grow. There's only so much that one person can do. Does having employees intrude on profit margins? Absolutely. It's a loss/gain comparison that will be different for every company. But, I believe that it can help you and your company in the right circumstances and with the right people helping.
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Old 11-22-2013, 10:08 AM
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employee 1- numerous gutters ran over, bent a mower blade by not turning off blades while loading onto the trailer, result was 4-5 lawns scalped down to 1" about 3-4" wide each pass. Shot a rock and broke a window in the process. Took both of them 5 yards to see the scalping . Needless to say they didnt run the 60" anymore. Lost the rock customer, not a big deal as she was a PITA.

Employee 2- got accused of putting a rock through a window on a lawn that 10" lawn that hadn't been cut in 3 weeks because of the siding guys. The "rock" didnt even go through the window. We did not pay for this, the guys still owes us like $350. We will no longer be working for renters.

Other than that not to bad, some ruts, holes. Both of these guys were brand new this year
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Old 11-22-2013, 11:04 AM
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We had one just not show up last Tuesday. He decided to quite but not tell anybody.

Earlier this year I had to buy 3 new trimmers cause they ran straight gas through them

It a unnecessary evil if you want to move past certain milestones you eventually bring people in to work for you
Whoever did that is simply just an idiot.
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Old 11-22-2013, 11:10 AM
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I don't have any employees yet, but some things at my old job that happened last year:

1) guy used a zero turn around a massive drainage pit when I told him to use the walkbehind. Know it all idiot decided not to listen and sent a brand new 60" ferris ZTR into the pit.

2) pick up truck with a load of pavers, not strapped down, sent them through the back window when he stopped short.

3) know it all idiot from before through all our lunch trash on the lawn of someone he disliked while I was driving the truck. We show up to the next house to have this guy and a friend of his show up, he swung a rock at me, and ended up getting knocked out by my idiot coworker. Went to court for this one.
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Old 11-22-2013, 11:20 AM
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Ok pennings wins haha. I think a fist fight trumps all

My ex employee called on sunday night saying he wont be at work monday or ever, hes moving to NC.
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Old 11-22-2013, 04:40 PM
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That's why I've resorted to part-time employees.

I have 3 guys who I rotate in and out between their other jobs-they've all been around awhile, and know what to do without any babysitting.

The 1 guy I did hire this spring got the typical "mid-summer fade", and just kinda disappeared.
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