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

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

  1. avernon0112

    avernon0112 LawnSite Member
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    I usually go thru 20 guys a season. Some guys won't work past lunch. They would rather draw a check from the government or live off a family member than work. I have beat my brains out trying to find a Forman or a spray tech. I have interviewed a ton of people tried a lot of them too. It is like no one has a drive to be better or do they have a little common sense.
    I was wondering if I was the only one having these problems. I think this has been my biggest struggle as a manager. I still have hope!
     
  2. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 12,449

    That would be the " I'm a failed lawn monkey owner but I still know everything and I failed because of everybody else" demographic. Increasing in numbers every time I try to hire.
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  3. PineyPower

    PineyPower LawnSite Member
    Posts: 119

    Can't stand that. And they always have a better idea than you. I'm not saying I'm "Nazi boss" or anything but I am the boss. Normally when I want to do it a certain way, there's a reason why I want to do it that way.
     
  4. Sensation Man

    Sensation Man LawnSite Member
    Posts: 29

    I've reached the point where I gave up on finding good help. All the good workers around me have already been swept up by the bigger more desireable company's. Even if & when I do catch a good worker, it's just a matter of time before they become a flight risk. And most of them around here are undocumented anyway. That alone is a huge problem with the help.
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  5. Sensation Man

    Sensation Man LawnSite Member
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    My guys always refuse to outline the smaller properties with the 21" Sensation before cutting with the 36" machine. That has always been my trademark method for cutting smaller houses. If I dissapier & let the guys cut the rout alone they would never use the Sensation except on the narrow sidewalk patch.
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  6. PineyPower

    PineyPower LawnSite Member
    Posts: 119

    Hey man, same boat. My favorite is when you find a "good guy". He works great for a couple of days. When you finally get comfortable with having fly solo, he either does it his way or a way that makes no sense what so ever. Walking backwards with a push mower, across a whole back yard? Kinda weird. I love stripes on lawns. My snapper 21 makes awesome stripes. When I don't see stripes, I am no longer a happy camper.
     
  7. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
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    2 things: stay solo (avoid bad employees) and spray roundup in the beds (takes less than 30seconds instead of 2hrs pulling by hand or 45min with a hoe)

    ....Just sayin!!!! :laugh: :cool2:
     
  8. Sensation Man

    Sensation Man LawnSite Member
    Posts: 29

    I never have enough time to do all my spraying, especially @ times when I'm working solo! I always feel overwelmed when I work solo. Even @ times when I've had a sidekick, I don't like leaving all the blowing off to him while I tend to my spraying. This is where having 2 guys would make all the difference.
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