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Old 07-22-2013, 07:06 PM
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Ideas on low wage employees

What have you guys found to be the best way to manage lower wage employees? We currently have 21 employees and while most things go right, there's still the same ole mess ups. Any good reads or personal experiences that have turned it around?
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Old 07-22-2013, 07:20 PM
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You get what you pay for.....
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Old 07-22-2013, 08:12 PM
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well we know that, and we never expect to get leaps and bounds greatness out of them, but results would be nice... We've got our 6 Crew leaders in place, and some times they fall behind or get overwhelmed, just looking for other ideas
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Old 07-22-2013, 08:47 PM
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You get what you pay for.....
not always.....
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Old 07-22-2013, 08:53 PM
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not always.....
Ok most of the time..
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Old 07-22-2013, 08:59 PM
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What have you guys found to be the best way to manage lower wage employees? We currently have 21 employees and while most things go right, there's still the same ole mess ups. Any good reads or personal experiences that have turned it around?
like what kind of messups keep happening? could you motivate them by offering a weekly bonus for a "clean" work week, with no "messups?" I once had a guy who was a good worker and was great with building stone walls and stuff, but always was late to work and kept us waiting in the morning. This was quite irritating but I wasn't in a position to fire him because he was so skilled and at the time I was doing lots of stone work.......finally I offered him an extra dollar per hour, but he'd have to show up at 7:00 on the nose all week or he wouldn't get the dollar extra. This worked reasonably well for the time that I needed him. Now of course you have 21 employes so that type of incentive would get expensive but maybe you could bribe your managers with more money to make sure things get done right. Also, I like to remind my guys how much I appreciate them and I do what I can to keep them happy.....people tend to work harder and better when they know they're appreciated and/or you tell them they are doing a good job.
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Ok most of the time..
that's better....
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Old 07-22-2013, 09:25 PM
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like what kind of messups keep happening? could you motivate them by offering a weekly bonus for a "clean" work week, with no "messups?" I once had a guy who was a good worker and was great with building stone walls and stuff, but always was late to work and kept us waiting in the morning. This was quite irritating but I wasn't in a position to fire him because he was so skilled and at the time I was doing lots of stone work.......finally I offered him an extra dollar per hour, but he'd have to show up at 7:00 on the nose all week or he wouldn't get the dollar extra. This worked reasonably well for the time that I needed him. Now of course you have 21 employes so that type of incentive would get expensive but maybe you could bribe your managers with more money to make sure things get done right. Also, I like to remind my guys how much I appreciate them and I do what I can to keep them happy.....people tend to work harder and better when they know they're appreciated and/or you tell them they are doing a good job.
Now he's paying them even more for what they were hired to do in the first place.
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Old 07-22-2013, 09:43 PM
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You have 21 that show up for work, you should celebrate. I had 8 interviews scheduled a couple weeks back and had 5 no shows. Offered one, he accepted and then no showed the first day with no communication. I would like to know how to find a couple of reliable guys,lol.
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Old 07-23-2013, 12:24 AM
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Now he's paying them even more for what they were hired to do in the first place.
Yeah...I posted this in another post...

I have never understood how people can justify or think it's a good idea to pay someone more money to do a job they were already hired to do in the first place

"Here you go, you're hired at $9 an hour. Your hours are from 7am to 4 pm, with a lunch break. You are hired to work the trimmer and blow clippings from all hard surfaces, including...yada yada...........but I'll pay you $10 an hour if you show up at 7am, work the trimmer and blow clippings from all hard surfaces inlcuding yada yada."

I guess we live in a world where people are paid $8-10 just for just being hired, then have to be compensated another couple of bucks an hour to actually do the work they are supposed to do in the first place.
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