Days Like Today

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Brendan Smith, Mar 30, 2006.

  1. Brendan Smith

    Brendan Smith LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,195

    the one good thing about my regular job is days like today. i'm normally the service manager, but the body shop manager quit so i'm handling that too. normally this means i'm innundated with paperwork, but today my boss is at the auction so i'm here, but taking the day off. so i decided, i'm bored, i'll make a trimmer rack. now it's lunch time and i'm almost done. i'm sure i'll pay the piper tomorrow with a backlog of paperwork, but it feels so nice today to just say screw it. :usflag: nothing like using the company time for my own benefit!!
  2. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Messages: 10,812

    You go boy :weightlifter:
  3. dcondon

    dcondon LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,246

    I know what you mean. i was going to do some more cleanups today but it's the first day it's been in the mid 60's. Enjoying one good day for myself!!!:cool2:
  4. Brendan Smith

    Brendan Smith LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,195

    just finished my trimmer rack, painted and clear coated (we're real slow today) tomorrow i'll install, and poof, done. total cost in materials, $25.00.
    total cost to my regular job - $150.00. the feeling of taking a day off while still getting paid - priceless:clapping: :clapping: :clapping:
  5. soloscaper

    soloscaper LawnSite Member
    Messages: 25

    How's the cub cadet working for you?
  6. vntgrcr

    vntgrcr LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 282

    Brendan, I have a different take on this. How would you feel if an employee took advantage of you by doing something like that? You are being paid to do a job, and even though you say you are "slow", there is always something to do, ie, sweep, organize tools/supplies etc. I just try to live by the motto of how would you like it if someone treated you like you are treating them. Just my thoughts as an employer, I would be pretty upset if I read your post. Give it some thought.
  7. Splicer

    Splicer LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 992

    :clapping: :clapping: :clapping:
  8. exmark1

    exmark1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 34

    It's people like you doing that that makes it hard for us to find people with good work ethic! I agree not a good way to to treat your boss! If I EVER caught my employees not working or doing something for them self they would be gone! :hammerhead:
  9. Brendan Smith

    Brendan Smith LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,195

    point well taken, but if you stop and think of all the nights that i have been here until 10-11:00, all the saturdays i've put in, and all the mornings i have been here before 5 am (all without compensation cause i'm salaried) just to get my job(s) done, it would add up to a he** of a lot more than the 5-6 hours i spent loafing yesterday. i appreciate you taking the high road, but after 5 years without a raise, 401k matching contributions stopping, and health ins. increasing to over $1000.00/mo, all i can say is oh well. oh yeah, did i mention that i haven't taken a vacation in 4 years? and a total of 9 sick days in 5 years? honestly sorry if i sound sarcastic, but it is what it is. additionally, when needed, i allow employees to work on their personal vehicles while at work. since most of our benefits were cut out, that is one thing i can to to increase moral and retain employees. i feel like as long as my responsibilities are handled and my job is complete, working on my own stuff while still answering the phones and helping customers is better than "getting sick" or taking off. to each his own.
  10. Brendan Smith

    Brendan Smith LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,195

    so far, no major problems. i don't use it full time and wouldn't trust it if i did just because it's a homeowner mower, albiet a good one. have about 150 hrs on it now and am starting to save to hopefully buy an exmark next year. it replaced a p.o.s. troy-built rider that i started with and all i had at the time was $3000 and only about 25 acounts and didn't want to finance another $4000 for personal reasons so it was what i could afford. but like i said, no major problems yet, ask me again around august and we'll see.

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