Do you "eat" the cost of damages done on properties?

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by Maitland Man, Aug 18, 2005.


    SHOWCASE LAWNS LLC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 238

    fire the worst guy .........then simply have a meeting and ask who would like to be next
  2. LawnScapers of Dayton

    LawnScapers of Dayton LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Dayton, OH
    Messages: 2,572

    300-400 each week???......train him or fire him........... a week ago.....
  3. Maitland Man

    Maitland Man LawnSite Member
    Messages: 175

    Well.................the irrigation destroyer got a "final" warning. I informed him that he's on probation, and if he's careless one more time during this.......he's fired. :angry:

  4. Maitland Man

    Maitland Man LawnSite Member
    Messages: 175

    Well this morning, he was moving a garbage can, didn't put the stick edger down, and whap-whap-whap....the edger blade strikes the customers garage door. ................I just looked at him and shook my head. :dizzy:

  5. SellOut

    SellOut LawnSite Member
    from Zone 8
    Messages: 101

    This guy is a moron, really. Give him the boot.

    He's almost so stupid, you have to laugh.
  6. Maitland Man

    Maitland Man LawnSite Member
    Messages: 175

    Yea I think that it is time for that too. He's a 20 year old, and I've been writing it off as.......he's young, and learning. Not anymore. :blob3:

  7. Scotts' Yard Care

    Scotts' Yard Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 343

    do you guys encourage safety and care or ultimate speed? When I drove heavy farm trucks the unloader was always screaming to hurry backing the trucks up to the binner. I told him we hadn't killed or maimed anyone yet; did he want to be the first? We moved at best safe speed from that point on.
  8. Brianslawn

    Brianslawn LawnSite Silver Member
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    if they dont learn after 1st day on the job they will never learn. trimming, edging and mower operation is something you can either do or cant do. if they cant do it right the end of first day... they still wont be able to do it right 3 weeks later. thats my experience.
  9. smullen

    smullen LawnSite Member
    Messages: 57

    I've read you post this a few times and I am curious about how that really works...

    So do you really schedule 10 new poeple to be there on a given Monday???

    Do you tell them their comming in for an interview or to start or???

    If so, do you work them all??? If so do you pay them or tell'em its a trial???

    It just seems like you could wind up with a buncha people standing around watching 2-3 guys work...

    From everything I have seen in real life and read on here, employees are by far the biggest headache....

    I just can't fathom how hard it is to get good workers...

    Its no wonder some o the forigen countries are taking all of our jobs... Most americans want to show up and get paid for nothing...
  10. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
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    Well,I'm with the rest of the guy's on most of these things
    BUT..I would like to say a few things too.#1-Most LCO's have it in their contract that they are NOT responsible for sprinkler repair because if a sprinkler system is properly installed and the head height is done right the sprinklers wont get broken.This sprinkler breaking is common and to be expected when mowing and your guys should have repair parts with them and be able to fix if they break them.
    On the valves and backflow preventor.Those should have been enclosed in a box and protected from damage.That is the homeowners responsibility or his irrigation installers problem.You can't expect your guys to have to watch out for stupid stuff like that.Those should have been protected.

    As far as moving a trash can?He shoulden't have to move a trash can at all.He shouldent have to move anything out of his way.That also should be on the homeowner.
    I agree with the house and garage and fence damages should be punished.I agree he should pay better attention,
    but the thing about if you cant get it the 1st day you will never get I do not agree with.

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