New Foreman Help?

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by smarino21, Oct 13, 2006.

  1. smarino21

    smarino21 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I am going to hire a new foreman and i was wonder what would be a fair wage to pay him, to drive ztr, truck, make sure all jobs are perfect mostly residential lawns. What is a fair wage to hire a hispanic foreman at? Then whats the best way to show him house after house just mapquest it all in order?
     
  2. Uranus

    Uranus LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mass
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    Your gonna have to show him each property and maybe walk it if there are problem areas. First hand knowledge is the best way to learn. If you give him addresses he will be driving past lawns and have to spend extra time finding a spot to turn around. I'd give him at least 12 an hour to start and once he learned the route maybe bump him up a little. Remember not to be his buddy, you want all employees to respect you. Sometimes it pay to blow up just to let them know who the boss is.
     
  3. noseha

    noseha LawnSite Senior Member
    from MI
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    why do you point out the fact that he is a hispanic? is he a picker?
     
  4. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
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    how much of the season is left up in Michigan?
     
  5. smarino21

    smarino21 LawnSite Senior Member
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    it snowed yesterday but will be in the high 50s tomarrow so who knows, id say 3 weeks maybe idk ?

    To the other post what do you mean picker
     
  6. noseha

    noseha LawnSite Senior Member
    from MI
    Posts: 554

    you must not have pickers around you. seasonal works for farmers. is that the reason you said he was a ''hispanic''. there must be a point you are trying to make.
     
  7. smarino21

    smarino21 LawnSite Senior Member
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    the point is lol , i dont wnat an american guy who says "i gotta go hunting, golfing, birthday party, fly to THE MOON" i have had too many headachs.
     
  8. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
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    In my area laborers start at $10, foremans start at $14-$15.

    Why is he going to be your foreman? Is he experienced, Can he interact well with clients? (English is a must)

    Personally, the foremans job is not so much to do a great job on a lawn, its to have a finger on the pulse of the crew and let you know of any potential problems, to oversee, and to be the go between clients and you.

    You want a foreman who would make the same judgement call as you in a sticky situation.

    If he is fluent in english, and has good people skills, a good bit of experience as a laborer so he knows the ins and outs of the business, then I'd say $15.
     
  9. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
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    the two I have make $22.50 an hour and some benines
     
  10. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
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    Rodfather, You probably didn't start them at $22 though right?
     

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