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new employee very shaky

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by bobbygedd, Jun 9, 2004.

  1. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Posts: 10,178

    i think my tolerance may be low, but my new guy drivin me nuts already. i hired #2 employee tuesday morning. no experience. the heat is killing him. he's basically useless by noon. teaching him the walkbehind in 1st gear, and he's still dangerous. he does ok with the 21, but leaves "mowhawks" in every yard. any tips for training a new guy?
  2. alpine692003

    alpine692003 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,502

    fire him ........... get another one
  3. jwholden

    jwholden LawnSite Member
    from CT
    Posts: 218

    You've only just begun. Keep trying until you find a good worker, and when you do treat him well. Get used to it Bobby, unfortunately it is a part of owning a business with employees.

    Didn't I read a post about you having a real go-getter who was working something like 60 hrs a week? What happened?
  4. EagleLandscape

    EagleLandscape LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Garland, Texas
    Posts: 4,347

    Man, I guess you all have labor shortages up there. I can go 10 minutes down the highway and at 8am, there will be 300+ guys ready to work at one of those day-labor building things. WE've got tons of those in this neck of the woods.
  5. johnson grass

    johnson grass LawnSite Member
    Posts: 15

    If you do keep him i would let him practice on your yard or an empty lot where someone is not living.
  6. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,353

    Training him is not worth it if the guy can't last a shift I run my guys very hard as we work 11-13 hours a day a guy who can't go past 8 hours is worthless to me. Now you say the guy can't go past noon hate to say it but he may not be salvageable.
  7. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Posts: 10,178

    my regular guy works very good. but i can't expand with only one guy.i can't put all my apples in one basket though. if he leaves, i'm dead. i'm at about my limit right now. if i can get another good guy, i can easily pick up another 15 lawns and build up further from there
  8. Mark McC

    Mark McC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,565

    How old is the new guy? If he's in his twenties and runs out of gas that quickly, he's either in horrible shape (which time itself will remedy) or just not cut out for this kind of work.

    As for how long to train is concerned, I'd give him two weeks. If he's not doing substantially better after two weeks, maybe it's time to find someone else.
  9. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Posts: 3,010

    teach him to do "mullets" and cut him loose on his own.

  10. Gravely_Man

    Gravely_Man LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,076

    Trying to get someone acclimated to working in the heat and teaching them how to do this line of work might be a bit much to take on Bobby. Best of luck to you.


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