Foreman to Crew Ratio

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by heygrassman, Mar 10, 2002.

  1. heygrassman

    heygrassman LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 509

    I searched and searched again and can not find this so no yelling please.

    Can anyone tell me what they feel is a good foreman to crew ratio is in multi-crew shops?? Assume lawn maintenance, and some installation, with no apps.

  2. stslawncare

    stslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    from DE
    Messages: 1,484

    all depends on the crew i suppose but i think a foreman for every 2 workers is good, can really picture haveing any more workers then that for a site anyway, now if u (owner) are the foreman then 3 workers.
  3. Lanelle

    Lanelle LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,361

    This depends on the site, the type of work being done and the foreman's ability. On large mowing sites, a good foreman may supervise 8 or more people successfully. On complicated landscape installs, 2-4 men may be the maximum.
  4. mower-head

    mower-head LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    i agree with stslawncare. if the owner is the foreman than he should be able to handle 3 workers. it all depends on the workers, some act like they already know what to do, while others need guidance every step of the way and need constant attention. from experience, the more workers you have, the more headache you'll get. keep it small and things should work out for the better. good luck
  5. Stonehenge

    Stonehenge LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 1,276

    I think a good ratio is one foreman per crew.

    But seriously folks...

    I've found that a foreman and 2 laborers is the most labor efficient for what we do. Sometimes it's even best with one foreman, one laborer. You can get a job done faster with one or two more sets of hands, but your productivity per man-hour will drop quite a bit with each person you add.
  6. LawnLad

    LawnLad LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 738

    For our residential maintenance we have one foreman to two laborers or one laborer - depending on the crew.

    In the fall we add labor to help with leaf removal. If we get up to over 5 men per crew, we have to make sure there is a strong leadman on the crew to help direct the less experienced labor.

    Installation - one foreman and two laborers, typically. If the job is manual labor intensive, we'll add another laborer.

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