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Old 06-19-2012, 11:03 PM
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Is adding more work an option? When things are slow, once everyone gets done for the week hand them a box of doorhangers to go do some promotion. Surely you will need all the help again this fall?
Yes I am also going to try upselling a little bit in the next few weeks. I'll probably send an ad out with my next billing and try calling a couple good customers who may be willing to give us some work. But fall is a big concern for me, because we will be very busy again.
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Old 06-20-2012, 07:27 AM
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Sounds like a good opportunity to send one of your guys to learn hardscaping, I would do that... Maybe match his pay to what he would be getting? Or give them incentives for learning?
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Old 06-20-2012, 11:17 PM
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the bottom line to me, yes business is business and money is great but family is more important than all of that.
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Old 06-22-2012, 06:50 AM
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There's this thing called "Seniority" and I'm a firm believer in it, due to it's all a employee has these days as most employers seem to be looking for away out of screwing their employees out of their benefits. Let go who has the lowest seniority and explain to your other employees that if their work ethics don't meet company standards within a certain time ,they'll be packing their bags and I hope those who do leave will be drawing unemployment cuz you are laying them off do to business being slow.
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Old 06-22-2012, 08:13 AM
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the bottom line to me, yes business is business and money is great but family is more important than all of that.
Less likely to screw you over later. in most cases. That hardscaping thing sounds great. send your brother there. match what he is getting from them to make his normal rate. Then just pull him back when you need the help. Nice to have more intelligence when you need it.
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Old 06-22-2012, 07:27 PM
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I'm in the same boat. I'm keeping everyone and cutting hours equally as needed to make financial sense. Recently I've been running around 1 truck doing sales and things of that nature, and increased size of my maintenance crew so they get done faster.
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