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Old 04-29-2011, 12:42 AM
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The hardest thing about this industry for me is...

Not finding the business, not doing the work, not talking to customers, not keeping an eye on the $$$$$$. Its the..............................

EMPLOYEES!

I got everything from stupid to lazy to just plain ignorant people.
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Old 04-29-2011, 12:53 AM
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have you got a thief yet?
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Old 04-29-2011, 01:34 AM
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Yep, I feel your pain.
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Old 04-29-2011, 07:46 AM
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left a guy on a jobsite last week so that I could go to a doctors appt. (yeah, I know so shut up in advance) Anyhow, I told him, while I'm gone I want you to pull everything green out of the bed. Plants, grass, weeds everything. My appt. ran longer than I expected and I was gone for about two hours. After my appt. I called him to let him know I was done and on my way back 10 minutes tops. I asked if he was standing around yet. "nope, all most done". I think, well this should have been done 45 minutes ago. I get back to the jobsite, an see that he is pulling every bit of grass etc.. out by hand. I actually just chuckled. I walked up and said, boy, I bet a hoe and a garden rake would make this a LOT easier. He goes "yeah it would" with one of those if I could only win the lottery kind of tones. I say, why dont you go over to the trailer and see if we have anything like that. About 30 seconds later I hear, "man Im a dumbazz". I said its alright bud, but if there is a job to do, I have a tool for it. All you gotta do is look. So he added about an hour and a half to a small job. Oh well. That why he doesnt drive the truck and pay the bills.
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Old 05-01-2011, 03:14 AM
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Why was he not trained to know that ?
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Old 05-01-2011, 09:17 AM
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left a guy on a jobsite last week so that I could go to a doctors appt. (yeah, I know so shut up in advance) Anyhow, I told him, while I'm gone I want you to pull everything green out of the bed. Plants, grass, weeds everything. My appt. ran longer than I expected and I was gone for about two hours. After my appt. I called him to let him know I was done and on my way back 10 minutes tops. I asked if he was standing around yet. "nope, all most done". I think, well this should have been done 45 minutes ago. I get back to the jobsite, an see that he is pulling every bit of grass etc.. out by hand. I actually just chuckled. I walked up and said, boy, I bet a hoe and a garden rake would make this a LOT easier. He goes "yeah it would" with one of those if I could only win the lottery kind of tones. I say, why dont you go over to the trailer and see if we have anything like that. About 30 seconds later I hear, "man Im a dumbazz". I said its alright bud, but if there is a job to do, I have a tool for it. All you gotta do is look. So he added about an hour and a half to a small job. Oh well. That why he doesnt drive the truck and pay the bills.
That's pretty funny.
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Old 05-01-2011, 09:43 AM
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Texting drives me CRAZY!!! the other day, guy was raking mulch,and I watched him stop about 10 times to txt his girlfriend. I timed him a couple of times. On avg took 30secs to txt. Probably another 15s to stop, pull the phone out, and get going. That is 45s of my time. After 10 txt, he has cost me $1.50 in his labor (he makes $12/hr). I finally just put my foot down. Lesson will probably last till next weekend.
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Old 05-01-2011, 09:58 AM
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In the past i have had just temporary part time employees. This year i have permanant part time employees. I have the problem with taking breaks to smoke, because i told them not to smoke on the mowers. AND the phone thing as well. I thought about telling them to leave the phone in the truck, but then how do I get a hold of them if i need them? walkie talkie? I don't know. I also thought about paying them on budgeted hours instead of actual hours. If a property should take 3 hrs and it takes them 5, they get paid for 3.
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Old 05-01-2011, 10:27 AM
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left a guy on a jobsite last week so that I could go to a doctors appt. (yeah, I know so shut up in advance) Anyhow, I told him, while I'm gone I want you to pull everything green out of the bed. Plants, grass, weeds everything. My appt. ran longer than I expected and I was gone for about two hours. After my appt. I called him to let him know I was done and on my way back 10 minutes tops. I asked if he was standing around yet. "nope, all most done". I think, well this should have been done 45 minutes ago. I get back to the jobsite, an see that he is pulling every bit of grass etc.. out by hand. I actually just chuckled. I walked up and said, boy, I bet a hoe and a garden rake would make this a LOT easier. He goes "yeah it would" with one of those if I could only win the lottery kind of tones. I say, why dont you go over to the trailer and see if we have anything like that. About 30 seconds later I hear, "man Im a dumbazz". I said its alright bud, but if there is a job to do, I have a tool for it. All you gotta do is look. So he added about an hour and a half to a small job. Oh well. That why he doesnt drive the truck and pay the bills.
That's funny, seems like a lot of younger folks are lacking in common sense now days.
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Old 05-01-2011, 10:42 AM
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That's funny, seems like a lot of younger folks are lacking in common sense now days.
Unfortunately thats how it is. I find it appalling that kids my age don't/can't mow a lawn.

Your 16-17 and you have never used a mower? are you KIDDING ME!!!
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