finding workers

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by slone, Apr 13, 2008.

  1. slone

    slone LawnSite Member
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    I Can't Find Anyone Who Wants To Work. I Am In Lake County, Ohio. I Am Thinking Of Calling A Temp Place To Try And Find A Worker. After 18 Years In Business I Would Think It Would Get Easier To Find Help. I Know I Am Not The Only One Looking For Help. Any Suggestions Or Tips Would Be Great. Thanks David
     
  2. merrimacmill

    merrimacmill LawnSite Senior Member
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    I put an add in our local paper. Ran it for 3 days got almost 30 calls, 10 interviews, and one new employee.
     
  3. slone

    slone LawnSite Member
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    I Guess I'll Have To Try That. I Need One Full Time Worker. I Just Don't Have A Way To Do A Background And Drug Testing. I Am Not That Big Of An Outfit. 65 Lawns A Week. Tired Of Being A One Man Gang. The Older You Get The Tougher It Gets. Thanks. David
     
  4. merrimacmill

    merrimacmill LawnSite Senior Member
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    We go online and do background checks. You can google something like "employment background checks" and there will be a wealth of websites that you can pay 20 bucks or whatever it is and get a background check.

    As to the drug testing, I know you can do it to your employees in some states. I'm really not sure about the laws on that stuff, so I'd talk to someone who has done that before. Personally, as long as there is no sign of them doing any drugs on the job, they dont' show up drunk, high or whatever, then its their business. I can obvestuly see the concern though.
     
  5. DreamtheGreen

    DreamtheGreen LawnSite Member
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    Put an ad on Craig's List. But dont hire the young ones. I did this last year and found one that needed a job but wasn't 21 years old and goingto the bar every night.
     
  6. slone

    slone LawnSite Member
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    I'll Keep Plugging Away. The Best People I Ever Had Evenually Left To Start Their Business. Most Of The Young Guys Have Know Work Ethic. They Don't Even Cut Their Own Yard At Home. As Soon As They Get A Little Money They Don't Want To Work. I Guess I Am Not Alone Though. A Lot Of Landscapers Are Having A Hard Time Finding Good Help
     
  7. SNAPPER MAN

    SNAPPER MAN LawnSite Silver Member
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    Want me to ship you some hispanics if you got work they will go and they are the best workers.
     
  8. slone

    slone LawnSite Member
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    I Have No Problem Working Hispanic Workers. Just Can't Seem To Find One This Year. Several Years Ago When I Worked Some They Did Excellent Work. I Just Need One !! Hopefully He Can Speak English And Have A Drivers License
     
  9. SNAPPER MAN

    SNAPPER MAN LawnSite Silver Member
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    Ya where I live good luck finding a hispanic worker with a drivers license. Your lucky if they can speak a little english.
     
  10. KGR landscapeing

    KGR landscapeing LawnSite Bronze Member
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    you looking for somebody like around mentor or where?? ill have to see if i know anybody
     

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