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The Clothes Make The Man...and The Landscaper

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by Sean Adams, Feb 14, 2013.

  1. Landrus2

    Landrus2 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Hey RJ you in top shape :waving::waving:
     
  2. LawnMan19

    LawnMan19 LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,284

    Exactly! hell if the guy on the left does a sloppy job and isn't doing what should be done, but the guy on the right does a real good job and what he should be. I'd hire him shirt or no shirt.
     
  3. yardguy28

    yardguy28 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,464

    yeah I do think quality is much more important than having a company uniform. I'd much rather hire the hillbilly with no shirt, shorts and crocks if his quality was better than the guy with a business suit on.
     
  4. adam.neusbaum

    adam.neusbaum LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 621

    Generally speaking the hillbilly guy will show up when he's good & ready. Even people that work from home will tell ya that it creates an organized state of mind by dressing up & getting out of the jammy's.
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  5. LawnMan19

    LawnMan19 LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,284

    Yes! I feel the same way and me and my guys can match and look professional but you still have to do a great job every time. Just because you dress well it won't excuse you if you don't deliver a quality product.
     
  6. LawnMan19

    LawnMan19 LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,284

    Yes, generally speaking that is the case but I can think of two companies of the top of my head that sometimes depending on the weather I've seen shirtless once or twice that still do a very good job, show up the same time every week. And do a better job than some of the ones that wear shirts and match. I believe it has more to do with work ethic, and who's in charge of them.
     
  7. adam.neusbaum

    adam.neusbaum LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 621

    I'm speaking from experience. If I had this smartphone 16 years back I'd offer my own shirtless & brown UPS work shorts wardrobe pics. All 124 accounts were billed from memory on a get around to it door knock basis. Years after I folded the mowing business a friend who was a helper at the time has his own 160 accounts & every aspect is well organized including his 2 full time employees having company shirts. Night & Day difference between our strategy. Btw, his guys are at the same houses the same days of the week at relatively the same time. Uniforms are a trickle down effect from good management.
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  8. New2TheGreenIndustry

    New2TheGreenIndustry LawnSite Senior Member
    from GA
    Posts: 843

    Generally speaking, the business owner who has his crews in uniform, will be the one to pay closer attention to detail and do a better job. :closed
     
  9. zechstoker

    zechstoker LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 976

    My uncle saw me one day in my work clothes, and asked if I just got out of church. Not sure if it was because the dark grey pants with the permanent crease, or the white long sleeve button-up shirt. I typically don't wear the long sleeves though. My everyday work shirts are white short sleeves with the button-up collar. Still looks just as professional, and doesn't cause a sweat fest during the warmer months.

    Note: I know that's not a white shirt I'm wearing in my avatar... The blue long sleeve was just on that day to protect me in the dust storm I was dealing with in a client's backyard.
     
  10. adam.neusbaum

    adam.neusbaum LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 621

    Even the convenient stores require us to wear shirts & hey we're the paying customer. Their 3 S's: No Shirt, no shoes no service. Here in Florida they admonish shirts by saying how the heat of the cancer lazer is way hotter than clothing.
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