Employee Woes

Discussion in 'Florida Lawn Care Forum' started by mtlandservices, Aug 9, 2013.

  1. mtlandservices

    mtlandservices LawnSite Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 9

    It is amazing how difficult it is to find good help. I have been through 6 different employees this summer. It's a shame how lazy and irresponsible people are. Running solo looks better and better every day.
  2. jsslawncare

    jsslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,674

    Solo- with my 16 yr old son.
  3. monoshock

    monoshock LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,245

    Beer and weed money, that's the motivation now days. Sad, but true.
  4. Jaybrown

    Jaybrown LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,160

    Very very true. As soon as they get a few bucks they are on a bender till they run out of money. The best is the people who say they have mower and weed whipper experience. Then they go super slow and do everything wrong
  5. newguy123

    newguy123 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,095

    I hired and fired a guy in 5 hours this spring/summer. My guy now is dependable but I have found that paying a good employee well (even if its beyond the pay rate for the position) is significant.
  6. Landscape Poet

    Landscape Poet LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,637

    Finding really good help will take the right combination of wage offered, position offered, FT all year long vs essentially ft seasonal, proper interview skills, time taken to actually follow up on references given and of course training and INSPECTING WHAT YOU EXPECT. IF all that falls in place you can find a good employee or two.
  7. TX Easymoney

    TX Easymoney LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,063

    Mostly, the good capable guys are already employed and are managers or want to run their own company...
  8. gregory

    gregory LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,068

    it's not just in your world guys.. it's in mine also..
  9. mikesturf

    mikesturf LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 789

    exactly correct.
  10. minx

    minx LawnSite Member
    Posts: 80

    Feeling your pain... It's a nightmare.. They all want full time work, aslong as it means whichever 3 days they fancy working...

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