Employee Negligence, Stupidity, OR?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by 1cooltreeguy, Mar 12, 2007.

  1. 1cooltreeguy

    1cooltreeguy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 630

    How do you handle employees that continualy tear stuff up. Trailer lights being ripped off the trailer, Fenders being folded back on top of tires, The "UP-Down" Switch on the dump traler being drug down the street and destroyed. Continually breaking trimmer, etc.. because they insist on laying them on top of one another w/ the rakes and other tools. What do YOU do? :confused: *trucewhiteflag*
  2. LwnmwrMan22

    LwnmwrMan22 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,373

    I went back to being solo.

    Sure, you're probably grossing enough to cover those problems, but I got to the point I couldn't handle the headaches anymore.

    That was 8 years ago.

    I keep being tempted on hiring employees again, but each time I mention it to my wife, she gives me the look.

    She and I both remember how miserable I was......
  3. 1cooltreeguy

    1cooltreeguy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 630

    Yeah - I hear You - But how did you handle their negligence. They did something the other day that is gonna cost me $200 out of pocket and we have our own shop and, welders and mechanics. I am soooo Over it. Their supervisor keeps making excuses for them.
  4. newz7151

    newz7151 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Tejas
    Messages: 2,419

    Well, if you're working for some place like TruGreen or a big chain like that, and you're not in the hiring/firing control, just make notes of it everywhere and C.Y.A.
  5. bullethead

    bullethead LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 273

    Make the crew responsible, if they break it due to misuse or negelect - take it out of that crew's check. Funny how quick that clears things up.
  6. 1cooltreeguy

    1cooltreeguy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 630

    Yep - That is what I am inclined to do. I am so over it. We go thru 3 sets of trailer lights every year and at least 2 dump trailer switches - Countless fenders - OH and Gas caps for mowers, trucks, trimmers, and Gas cans - it never ends.:cry:
  7. DBL

    DBL LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,219

    you break it you buy it **** happens but if its your fault you pay for it
  8. 1cooltreeguy

    1cooltreeguy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 630

    So - can you give me an illustration of how you would handle the employee. I did have a employee drive a skid steer over a Stihl HT-75 pole saw.. Completely ruined - I was so mad I charged him for it but I fired him before he paid for it. :nono:
  9. PTP

    PTP LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tulsa
    Messages: 1,395

    My policy was that if you abuse it, loose it, etc, you pay for 1/2 cost of replacement. Overall, it worked well, was fair, and we had very little incidents.
  10. 1cooltreeguy

    1cooltreeguy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 630

    Sooo- what is the signifigance of 1/2 the cost? Depreciation? What if it were new, NEW? Thanks, ERic

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