How to hire

Discussion in 'Employment' started by oneshot, Dec 20, 2009.

  1. oneshot

    oneshot LawnSite Member
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    Hey guys I am a sole proprietor, Licensed and insured, looking to hire someone for next season. I am able to survive my competitive market, and lowballers through quality of work. I am wondering how you handled training a new guy with out him butchering your contracts? I need the help but I am worried I will lose customers. I tried a guy last year for one day and had two customers complain while he was working. How did you handle the transition and keep a high standard of service? Any advice would be great.
     
  2. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
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    Plan on going thru about 10 to find one you want to keep.
     
  3. oneshot

    oneshot LawnSite Member
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    Yeah it's going to be interesting. I am just hoping not to loose business or damage the companies rep with the training process.
     
  4. oneshot

    oneshot LawnSite Member
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    hey AI Inc have you gone through the process yourself and did you get any grief from customers during the process
     
  5. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
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    I only do irrigation, no greif from customers but process probably aged me 2 yrs.
     
  6. oneshot

    oneshot LawnSite Member
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    Looking back going through the process is there things you would have done differently like maybe parttime then maybe full time. offer a higher pay to attract better talent. or do you just gruff it out until you find someone decent
     
  7. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
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    Actualy make them fill out an application in full. Tell them not to leave anything incomplete. If they do , that will give you some insight as to how they will finish jobs.
    When I was a youngin and looking for work I could never understand whyjob applications had a spot for hobbies. It actualy makes a lot of sence to me now.We work 8 hrs a day , sleep 8 hrs. That leaves 8 hrs a day + weekends for hobbies activities. People who dont have hobbies or interests usualy have drug and / or alcohol abuse as a hobby.
    It also gives you some insight to ones personality. High risk hobbies ( sky diving , moto x , ect are usualy enjoyed by risk takers.

    Others will highly disagree with both statements , but I stand by those comments
     
  8. oneshot

    oneshot LawnSite Member
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    That's what I'm talking about the little tricks you can use to get an honest impression from possible employees. Thanks for the tip that never even dawned on me. thats the last thing i need is someone all wired on drugs representing my company.
     
  9. KeystoneLawn&Landscaping

    KeystoneLawn&Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    I may need to hire this spring also. My plan is to utilize a temp service to get started. If someone doesn't work out they can send a new person. When I was in the printing business, the company I worked for used temp services all the time. It may cost a little more this way, but IMO a good way to try someone out with no commitment to them. When you find the right person you can hire them.
     
  10. oneshot

    oneshot LawnSite Member
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    yeah I can see the temp service being alot more expensive. where I am in ontario you have three months to try out a new hire and can let them go at any time. after that there is a layoff procedure I believe. but still how do you avoid the negative feedback for customers when training a new guy that isn't quite up to par.
     

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