Best worker is demanding more money

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by exmarkking, May 29, 2013.

  1. exmarkking

    exmarkking LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I said hit the f-ing highway
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  2. Oxmow

    Oxmow LawnSite Senior Member
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    I had one of "those" guys that seemed to be the"leader" of my laborers tell me that him and one of the others wanted more money to work faster. After I let him and the other go the others seemed to pick up the pace a bit!
  3. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
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    I think you just answered your own question.
  4. twomancrew

    twomancrew LawnSite Senior Member
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    Tell him to go and start his own business then he can make that. I would let him go elsewhere if he wants, but be extremely careful what you say when he goes... he will come back. Workers without a license are only worth about a third of everyone else in reality. Put out an ad in the local paper.
  5. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
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    The best and most important question and 4 pages and this question has not been addressed yet by the thread starter.
  6. exmarkking

    exmarkking LawnSite Bronze Member
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    35-40 hours
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  7. gusbuster

    gusbuster LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Real simple:
    No employee is that valuable that you keep them or goes on.

    I let 2 employees go for this reason, and both of them regretted it. If you treat them fair.....there's a reason the saying goes the grass isn't always greener on the other side.

    By the way, both of those former employees are now there own bosses and employ people. We still both respect each other and on good terms. We buy lunch for each other on rainy days or will shoot the bull with each other at the dumps, 7-eleven ect....

    Can't make the money working for somebody else, you have to work for yourself....however there is a price to pay.
  8. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
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    $700 wk for 35 hrs comes to $20 hr.

    Question comes down to can you get someone to make you the same money as him.

    If this guy produces $2,100 wk billable hrs, costs you $700 he made you $1,400.

    If a replacement guy A prod. $1,800 B. hrs, costs you $400 he made you $1,400.

    Math alone says it does not matter whether you keep him or replace him.

    Now replacement guy B prod. $1,200 B. hrs, costs you $350 he made you $850.

    Math now is saying you saved $350 salary you also "saved"/reduced your billable work $900 a week.

    You get what you pay for. Thing is to not over pay. A decision has to be made. This is why you get paid the big bucks at your Co.

    Can you get someone that will not negatively effect your bottom line? It is just not how much you pay someone it is how much he brings into the business.

    If you can then tell him adios, ciao, good bye.

    When Babe Ruth got a salary of $80,000, double of the next highest baseball player (fig's from memory) he was asked how does he feel making more money then the President.

    Babe said, I had a better year then the President.
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  9. Green Finger

    Green Finger LawnSite Senior Member
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    You are in a hard position. Your best man is flipping out. He knows you need him and thats why he is doing that. This happended to me.

    Call his bluff. Keep all your personal information away from him. Don't allow him access to how much you charge your clients.

    Little tips.
    1. never hire friends of employees
    2. never negotiate with a terrorist, the minute you give in they will keep doing it. over and over
    3. Hire people who don't know each other
    4. Certain ethnic groups are great workers but their ultimate goal is to take over your stuff. (they are the worst lowballers in life)
    5. Never let anyone have access to your clientl list. (Limit who talks to your customers) Dont' allow them to establish relationships
    6. have other guys ready to step up.

    Protect your business
  10. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    The fact of the matter is this guy is nothing but a laborer. Most people pay $9 an hour for general labor. $20 an hour you're talking crew leaders or division managers. This guy will never be on that level due to no license
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