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The hardest thing about this industry for me is...

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by Total Grounds Maintenance, Apr 28, 2011.

  1. Total Grounds Maintenance

    Total Grounds Maintenance LawnSite Member
    Posts: 243

    Not finding the business, not doing the work, not talking to customers, not keeping an eye on the $$$$$$. Its the..............................

    EMPLOYEES!

    I got everything from stupid to lazy to just plain ignorant people.
     
  2. FuturePilot4u

    FuturePilot4u LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 377

    have you got a thief yet?
     
  3. PLS-Tx

    PLS-Tx LawnSite Silver Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 2,385

    Yep, I feel your pain.
     
  4. rywnygc

    rywnygc LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 523

    left a guy on a jobsite last week so that I could go to a doctors appt. (yeah, I know so shut up in advance) Anyhow, I told him, while I'm gone I want you to pull everything green out of the bed. Plants, grass, weeds everything. My appt. ran longer than I expected and I was gone for about two hours. After my appt. I called him to let him know I was done and on my way back 10 minutes tops. I asked if he was standing around yet. "nope, all most done". I think, well this should have been done 45 minutes ago. I get back to the jobsite, an see that he is pulling every bit of grass etc.. out by hand. I actually just chuckled. I walked up and said, boy, I bet a hoe and a garden rake would make this a LOT easier. He goes "yeah it would" with one of those if I could only win the lottery kind of tones. I say, why dont you go over to the trailer and see if we have anything like that. About 30 seconds later I hear, "man Im a dumbazz". I said its alright bud, but if there is a job to do, I have a tool for it. All you gotta do is look. So he added about an hour and a half to a small job. Oh well. That why he doesnt drive the truck and pay the bills.
     
  5. Sammy

    Sammy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,734

    Why was he not trained to know that ?
     
  6. clean_cut

    clean_cut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,327

    :laugh::laugh::laugh: That's pretty funny.
     
  7. jwilkers2vt

    jwilkers2vt LawnSite Member
    Posts: 68

    Texting drives me CRAZY!!! the other day, guy was raking mulch,and I watched him stop about 10 times to txt his girlfriend. I timed him a couple of times. On avg took 30secs to txt. Probably another 15s to stop, pull the phone out, and get going. That is 45s of my time. After 10 txt, he has cost me $1.50 in his labor (he makes $12/hr). I finally just put my foot down. Lesson will probably last till next weekend.
     
  8. santafe

    santafe LawnSite Member
    Posts: 191

    In the past i have had just temporary part time employees. This year i have permanant part time employees. I have the problem with taking breaks to smoke, because i told them not to smoke on the mowers. AND the phone thing as well. I thought about telling them to leave the phone in the truck, but then how do I get a hold of them if i need them? walkie talkie? I don't know. I also thought about paying them on budgeted hours instead of actual hours. If a property should take 3 hrs and it takes them 5, they get paid for 3.
     
  9. JFGauvreau

    JFGauvreau LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,297

    That's funny, seems like a lot of younger folks are lacking in common sense now days.
     
  10. elitelawnteam1

    elitelawnteam1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 410

    Unfortunately thats how it is. I find it appalling that kids my age don't/can't mow a lawn.

    Your 16-17 and you have never used a mower? are you KIDDING ME!!!
     

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