Crew Size and why? What a week!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Jerry and Sons, Aug 10, 2007.

  1. Jerry and Sons

    Jerry and Sons LawnSite Member
    from Pa
    Messages: 249

    In the last few weeks we have been short one man on a three man crew, (not always the same guy) I have noticed that it is taking an average of 85 man hours to complete the crews mowing schedule for the week. This past week was the first week when the crew finally had three guys back, I thought wow this crew should be done their cutting in the same 85 man hours and then onto the side Jobs for the rest of the week. Instead this crew of three finished the mowing schedule in 117 man hours. What Gives? Open to any and all suggestions to motivated or rectify problem. On an average mans salary I am losing approximately 700 bucks a week!:hammerhead: ;)
  2. LLandscaping

    LLandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,016

    We have a three man crew, it consists of me and two employees. Our employees work a four day week. We have one employee that rotates from landscaping to maintenance. They are still getting 40 hour weeks and seem to be less wore out.
  3. F Haney

    F Haney LawnSite Member
    Messages: 26

    I believe you need to make yourself part of that crew for awhile to find out what the average time is for the week concerning man hours. Certainly it will vary at times (breakdowns, weather, etc) but as a manager , you need to be certain of what the man hours required are for your work week and adjust for any known issues. Good luck
  4. TNT LawnCare Inc.

    TNT LawnCare Inc. LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,157

    I'd be out with that crew to see what is going on. Its very hard at times to find good workers on, occasion you'll find that one thats great.
  5. Daily Lawn/Landscape

    Daily Lawn/Landscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 695

    One way to regulate that is to have the crew leader write down start and finish times for each job. Watch those times each week. When I have a crew that seems to be running slow I also will have them write down what task each performed at each job, mow backyard, front yard, trim, pull weeds etc.
    By doing that you will find out who is most productive at what job and assign work accordingly. Hope this will help you. You also need to spy on your crews from time to time and observe their routine.
  6. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,563

    For a crew to be efficient they have to be there all the time...same guys do the same work.
  7. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,547

    Do you guys really only work 40 hours? How much do you have to pay to get someone to do this kind of work with no overtime and off and on work for half the year?
  8. sedge

    sedge LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 34,764


    You pay them a percentage and you will be very, very surprized how that 85 man hours will be more like 75! Paying any one by the hour on a mowing crew is a one way ticket to going broke, in my opinion.
  9. HS Football Rules

    HS Football Rules LawnSite Member
    Messages: 151

    I agree...hourly wages in a small margin market is death...I know it can't
    be helped in many cases, but, if you can, avoid the hourly structure.
  10. Leisure Time Lawn Care

    Leisure Time Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Messages: 145

    what % do you pay your guys??

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