What would you do in this situation?

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by BISHOP, Dec 12, 2001.


    BISHOP LawnSite Member
    from OHIO
    Posts: 28


    For the past two years I've had my 19 year old brother helping me out on a part - time basis. (2 DAYS A WEEK)

    He is a college student so I thought it would be the perfect job for him since his college shedule changes freuqently & pay him good.

    Mainly he works a good two or three days a week with me in the late spring & summer. The problem is he gives me a hard time almost always.

    He is always complaining & saying I make good money off him so he can work at a slow pace. (He loves to spit & swear on the job sites)

    He is disrespectful towards me and we often argue before the days done.

    He is good for about 5 hours of work & then drags on

    He is unreliable, many times I stop by in the morning to get him for work & he'll say he's to tired to work.

    I thought it would be a perfect job for him till he gets out of school & give him some sort of a work ethic-


    Bishop of CCL

    :alien: :alien: :alien:
  2. Randy Scott

    Randy Scott LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,915

    This is your living, you're not a babysitter. Explain this to him and he can either shape up or find something else. There is no excuse for the laziness that this society produces nowadays. Everyone wants everything handed to them. Family or not, it's business, plain and simple.
  3. Pauls Mowing

    Pauls Mowing LawnSite Member
    Posts: 207

    Sounds like he has found his work ethic. Is this the image you want to project to your customers? Fire the slob and send him packin'

  4. fshrdan

    fshrdan LawnSite Member
    Posts: 142

    I had a similar experience hiring one of my friends. I'd find someone else before the animosity grows. No job is worth two brothers hating each other. Same philosophy applies to women... well, most women.:D
  5. Chuck Sinclair

    Chuck Sinclair LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 336

    FIRE his happy BUTT!!
  6. dj'slawnservice

    dj'slawnservice LawnSite Member
    Posts: 28

    Don't you have enough headaches to deal with without this one too ?
    FIRE HIM.....

    brother or not, you have a biz on the line here......is he going to pay your bills when all the biz is gone because of his work ethic?
  7. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,360

    I think you already know the answer and have already made the decision. Your looking for the support.

    If he doesn't respect you or your customers then you have no choice. It is a respect issue.

    Do what you have to do!
  8. Turf King

    Turf King LawnSite Member
    from Ozarks
    Posts: 32

    I gave my brother in law a similar chance.He had no job and was living at home, he was 19.I gave him all the necessary equipment and evem a helper,it did not work out! I dont believe family, friends and biz mix. Get rid of him and find someone else before he costs you alot of businesse, I know mine did.
  9. A friend calls me for a job, desprate, broke and homeless.

    So he got a job, second chance I might add, place to live, in my 5th bed room in basement.

    What I got back out of it, Bitching, whinning complaining, illegal drug use, the reason he was canned before and in trouble.

    I don't get paid enough for this $12 an hour.

    Why do I have to clean my room, I pay rent, Collecting his unemployment check.

    He worked for the season, then I offered him a mower, trimmer, blower and $500 a week in customers to service. Ended up not resigning them anyways. And he took to long to decide, so it was too late. All he had to do was buy a $400 trailer.

    I went way out of my way to help him and after getting pissed on still went out of my way to help.

    Point is, I've been there. friend, relative, and such. Almost never works.

    Like was said before, he's not going to get better, that's his work ethic already, wait till he hits the real world.

    Stay bro's, tell him you can't afford his help right now and you have to cut him loose. Break it to him easy.
  10. BISHOP

    BISHOP LawnSite Member
    from OHIO
    Posts: 28

    Thanks Guys for the input,

    Your right if it hasn't worked out yet it won't. I'm going to let him know that I'm looking for another worker. Maybe he'll realize that he ruined a good thing.


    Bishop of CCL :alien:

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