Firing too many Employees

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by bjm95, Nov 5, 2012.

  1. bjm95

    bjm95 LawnSite Member
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    Do you ever wonder if you fire too many guys? I just fired my 2nd guy in about 6 weeks. They know what they need to do and I let them know if they are pushing it with bad attitudes etc.. but they don't seem to listen so I fire them. It's getting old and I wonder if there is something else I should do.

    Thanks for the input.
     
  2. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    Re-evaluate your hiring/training practices.
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  3. nobagger

    nobagger LawnSite Gold Member
    from Pa
    Posts: 3,065

    LOL, welcome to the fun side of this business. We've been through 8 or 9 guys this year. Its a sign of the times, very few people both young and older have any type of work ethic. so many people these days think they're entitled. We just hired on 2 guys after the other 2 who were with us pretty much all summer just quite showing up. It doesn't faze me anymore, yes it's left us in a bind a few times but we got through it then moved on to "the next guy". This last batch of applicants looks very promising, even had a few guys call back multiple times which is a new thing for us. We started doing the normal interview then a working interview. I let them all know if it doesnt work out so long, no offense but things aren't going to work out. You can usually tell if they're going to work out or not in a matter of a day or so.
     
  4. 94gt331

    94gt331 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Whats there problems mostly, is it just there bad attitudes. If they have bad attitudes it's for the best that you get rid of them. That's most of my problem with my guys. I tell them not to complain and whine about stuff at the job because it brings everyone down, and it's disrespectful to me the boss i think. Unfortunately, i listen to there crap sometimes and let it slide just so we can keep getting work done.
     
  5. jsslawncare

    jsslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Doesn't apply to me since I'm solo but I was thinking maybe I fire too many customer's. I'll think about it tomorrow while cutting and get back with you.
     
  6. bjm95

    bjm95 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 52

    I do the same thing, I just let it go sometimes but then I get my fill and let them go. This last guy would bring his home problems to work, if he didn't get to mow when he wanted to, he would pout and work slow and just not talk or look at anyone. Like you said it brings guys down and everyone would walk on egg shells. Today was the last straw with a nother hissy fit from him,so I fired him.
     
  7. 94gt331

    94gt331 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Wow! Sounds exactly like the problems I had with a few guys this year as well. It must be the new generation of landscape and construction labors in general that act like this. Some of these guys just can't get there lives together and will be miserable at work. It is hard on me the boss, I allways feel like I have to baby my employees to keep everyone in the right attitude for work each day, that ends of leaving me with alot of uneeded stress. You sooner or lator have to get rid of those guys and just keep trying to find new guys. My new goal every year is to have a good solid crew for each season, by the end of the year I usually have to get new guys in thye spring, because most of my guys had enough of landscaping by the fall. Your not alone buddy, most guys on here will agree.
     
  8. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
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    Trust me it's not just landscape and construction workers it's the work force in general, everybody wants to START at the top, not WORK their way to the top. Bad attitudes, take it for so long but once I've had it I've had it and your gone. I tellem up front, leave all your drama at the front door we don't have time for it. As for customers, I love firing customers, especially the ones that think their entititled to a landscaper and know more than I do about MY job.
     
  9. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 7,961

    welcome to the world of low wage service jobs and being an employer.

    I wonder how many expected free health care
     
  10. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
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    Ugh my guys don't make minimum wage! I like being able to mentor the ones that WANT to learn and learn what it takes to actually EARN a days pay!
     

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