Employee cell phones

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by JimMarshall, Mar 15, 2013.

  1. JimMarshall

    JimMarshall LawnSite Senior Member
    from NW PA
    Posts: 305

    If an employee has a cell phone that they are willing to use for business purposes (calls from the office, etc) do you still provide them with one? Or go ahead and just use their personal phone? What's your reasoning?
     
  2. The Skeeter Defeater

    The Skeeter Defeater LawnSite Member
    Posts: 19

    Where i work they give us $20 a month towards our phone bill. They cut checks every 3 months. Its better than nothing
     
  3. HDLLandscaping

    HDLLandscaping LawnSite Member
    Posts: 138

    I would give the employee a little money, $20 a month isnt bad, plus its still around $20+ dollars cheaper then some phone plans would cost you to get that employee a phone.
     
  4. seabee24

    seabee24 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 619

    I give them nothing

    But I also let the crew leader have his phone at work and let him take a few quick calls with out getting on him
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  5. Landrus2

    Landrus2 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,811

    This is how it works around here. If you are a reliable employee the phone bill is on us. :waving:
     
  6. LandFakers

    LandFakers LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Posts: 6,227

    Id give them some money towards it, but I guess my only employee is my son and he has to pay for his own phone.
     
  7. seabee24

    seabee24 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Well I guess I should give more details.

    My production manager gets a phone.

    My crew leaders don't. On average I'd say they make 3 business calls per day that are less than 1 min. So I figure the cost on their phone bill as a result of my 3 calls per day is less than $0.50 cents. So I also figure they are using their phone 3 times per day for personal reasons while on the clock. At $10.00 per hour that breaks down to $0.50 for 3 mins time that they are being paid for to talk for their own personal use. And it balances in my mind
     
  8. Holleywood

    Holleywood LawnSite Member
    Posts: 59

    So if they didn't have it you wouldn't be able to get whole of them or if there was a problem they couldn't contact you. Quit being cheap and throw them a couple bones.
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  9. Holleywood

    Holleywood LawnSite Member
    Posts: 59

    Ahold
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  10. seabee24

    seabee24 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 619

    I have a spare phone sitting around for that type of situation. But I look at it like this. Unless you are going to make them put their phones on your desk every morning, there is not a doubt in my mind, no matter what your rules are, that they are texting or talking on their phones for personal reasons while you are paying them. As a result they are receiving pay for doing their person business. So I view it as a fair trade.
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