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Crew leader bonus

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by grassmasterswilson, May 8, 2013.

  1. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
    from nc
    Posts: 4,548

    How many of you do this? Quarterly or yearly?

    Basing it on production, quality, call backs, care of equipment, Etc.

    I'm trying to decide whether an average wage and good bonus is better than small bonus and great wage.

    I'm in an area where 9-10/hr is a trimming guy and 12-13/hr is a crew leader.
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  2. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
    from nc
    Posts: 4,548

    Maybe even put him on a salary to encourage a faster pace if quality can stay high
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  3. hackitdown

    hackitdown LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,505

    One week's pay at the end of the year as a holiday bonus. Sometimes I slip in a little cash during the season if it was a good week.
  4. memphis.landscape

    memphis.landscape LawnSite Member
    Posts: 140

    I give my crew leader a yearly bonus and beyond that anything extra he picks up I give him 10%. Keeps them from doing the neighbors yard and keeping the cash.
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  5. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 37,805

    If you want to do a bonus system, you have to have set controls so that both quality and efficiency are reached. For example, if you have a quality/no-complain bonus, you run the risk of dealing with a lower gross profit margin. And vice-versa: if you have a gross profit/man-hour bonus, you run the risk of customer complaints.

    Plus there needs to be some sort of standard process...any arbitrary "well, it looks pretty good today" isn't going to cut it. Another crew leader and myself developed a program for my old employer, which was never put into place unfortunately. Basically there's a monthly total, say $200. A spreadsheet for each property is filled out by a field supervisor/manager, etc. Things like going over man-hours, missed trimming, ruts, missed blowing, bad weeds, etc, each account for a certain dollar amount deduction.

    However, I think it's different for commercial vs residential. Where I used to work, we had 5 all commercial crews. Some properties would take 2 crews all day, and the smaller properties would still only allow a max of 10 properties per day. So the amount of checking is completely different. Checking on over 100 residential houses weekly or bi-weekly would be a waste of money because you'd be paying a field manager to basically follow your crews around. But with 5 crews doing less then 50 properties per week, although they're larger, it's still feasible for 1 guy to go around and check everything at least 2-3 times per month.

    Just my two cents.
  6. goel

    goel LawnSite Member
    Posts: 73

    1-2 dollars per hour extra based on attendance, efficiency, performance and equipment (ie the crew looking after things and bringing me equipment in the same condition it goes out in - locking things up so they are not stolen and so on). Payable at the end of the season. Usually works out to somewhere around a weeks pay.
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