Hired Help

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Chuck Sinclair, May 25, 2002.

  1. Chuck Sinclair

    Chuck Sinclair LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 336

    I got back from the store today and had a message on my machine, seems my helper of 3 weeks is back in jail and he wants me to bail him out. I don't think so!!!!! now i need to find better help. What would you do?

    BTW: He has spent 18 of the last 40 in prison.

    MATTHEW LawnSite Senior Member
    from NE OHIO
    Messages: 665

    Around here, the only way to get good help is to headhunt and offer abetter salary than they now have. If you want $8/hr help here is what you get: A customer of mine was at a LCO/landscape supply place. He asked the guy working there about mulching. The guy said "Don't talk to the boss-he'll charge you a fortune" So this kid takes the company truck, company time, the companies mulch and installs it in between other jobs. 2 yard job and only charged the guy $60.00. I also know for a fact that a lot of guys around here who work for a mowing or spraying outfit have cash customers on the side. I will stay solo, thank you.
  3. Brickman

    Brickman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,249

    LEAVE the loser in jail, and find another guy.
    GOOD LUCK, I have had nothing but bad luck with help. So this year I am working solo.
    I was talking to a guy today that works for another LCO. He is retired Army, seemed like a steady worker but not fast. I told him that if he knew of any body reliable to have them give me a call. He told me that every body he knows of (and in the whole town for that matter) that is worth a **** is already gainfully employed. WY hasn't been hit with as much of a down turn as some other parts of the country, so bodies are hard to find.
  4. TGCummings

    TGCummings LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 773

    Oh man...

    I haven't started employing yet (though I did get my EIN yesterday!) but these are the horror stories I don't wish to hear.

    So much for giving a guy a second (or third or fourth) chance, eh? You'll find someone worthwhile, Chuck, just hang in there...
  5. Turfdude

    Turfdude LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,899

    I discuss employee problems w/ other LCO's and a friend of mine who owns a grocery store. My buddy hit the nail on the head when he said we don't get the "bottom of the barrel", but what crwls out from underneath. Its a sad fact, but we always seem to attract drunks, addicts and transients. Personally, I try to weed them out and attract more reputable employees by ofering health care, vacation, holidays, etc... but it doesn't always work---- some guys just don't get it. BTW, I have 7 F/T and 1 P/T employee. I have to think for myself and at least 5 others! No brains and less common sense. Average pay is approx $10.00/hour (plus benefits). Sad to say - its tough to find true quality employees who realize clients are paying for a service and that it should be done professionally to high standards.

  6. Krimick

    Krimick LawnSite Member
    Messages: 86

    It is hard to get good help.......I mean, it's not like were exactly getting the people that graduated at the top of their class now is it.

    I have way too much grass to be solo. Wed and Thur I work with a 5 man crew.....and I can tell you it is hard to find RELIABLE help. I will give almost anybody a chance but very few will get a second one. In 4 years I have had rougly 15 different guys come and go

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