Employee Problems

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by LawnNeedz, May 4, 2009.

  1. LawnNeedz

    LawnNeedz LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 580

    I have had a new employee for about a month now. I gave him the benefit of the doubt and hired him even though his references told me otherwise.

    He's a hard worker but today he did not show up at all at our usual meeting place. I waited for 20 minutes and finally left. We usually meet at 8am and I receive a text message from him at 11am asking if we were suppose to meet or am I letting things dry out. I texted him back telling him that he knows the answer to that question. Obviously he slept in or something, because I always notify him before 7am if plans have changed. I have waited all day for a phone call from him explaining his tardiness and the reason that he texted (not called) me 3 hours later.

    This is the first time not showing up at all but the second week of work he was a half hour late without calling (I had to call to find out if he was coming) and 10 minutes late that same week. After these ocurrences I told him that if it happened again he would be looking for a job.

    So here we are. I am pretty sure that I am going to fire him but I wanted to get some other opinions before I do so. Am I expecting to much?

    I all ready have someone else lined up to take his place if I do get rid of him so I am not stuck with no help.

    Any thoughts or opinions on the situation would be appreciated!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  2. TXNSLighting

    TXNSLighting LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 6,464

    Get him gone. Its not worth having someone like that. Especially when there is alot of people needing work right now.
  3. Fvstringpicker

    Fvstringpicker LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,661

    my experience is that it not the ones you fire that continues to causes problems. Its the ones you don't.
  4. Toy2

    Toy2 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,924

    What is your policy? If you fire him and he claims unemployment he will win........just 02....
  5. LawnNeedz

    LawnNeedz LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 580

    My policy is the first 30 days are a trial basis. If you are late twice within the first month that is means enough for termination. This is laid out in our employee handbook.
  6. Toy2

    Toy2 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,924

  7. PROCUT1

    PROCUT1 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from TN
    Messages: 4,891

    Can him

    There are a 1000 where he came from
  8. LouisianaLawnboy

    LouisianaLawnboy LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,199

    You can fire him now, or fire him later.
  9. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,220

    I had a guy once that it seemed like he was testing me.

    testing to see how much CRAP I would put up with...

    the guys know, The trucks ROLL at 8:00 AM.

    Be here at 7:30

    If your NOT on a truck, you wont work.
  10. dwlah

    dwlah LawnSite Senior Member
    from Argo Al
    Messages: 558

    Follow thru with your policy
    Nothing irritates me worse than the help not showing up(well maybe inflamed hemmoroids)

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