How many of you are able to retain employees over the winter?

Discussion in 'Employment' started by GTC187, Nov 1, 2009.

  1. GTC187

    GTC187 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 22

    How many of you have employees that are able to sit out the winter with you? Im talking no snowplowing or any income from side jobs.
  2. GTC187

    GTC187 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 22

    Come on, 50 views and no replies?
  3. mdlwn1

    mdlwn1 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,443

    Unemployment insurance?.....Cant imagin a employee who gets paid and does nothing for you.............
  4. Hanau

    Hanau LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,568

    Some of us work year round. Not just snow either.
  5. DuallyVette

    DuallyVette LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,793

    We work all year round too.
  6. SunState Lawn Care inc

    SunState Lawn Care inc LawnSite Senior Member
    from Jax, FL
    Messages: 351

    It doesn't snow much down here LOL so we work year round. It slows down to every other week in the winter but always seems to be something to do.
  7. lawnangel1

    lawnangel1 LawnSite Senior Member
    from KY
    Messages: 601

    Its about 50-50 some stay and some go.
  8. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,795

    yeah, 50 50 here too, some stay and come back after the winter on unemployment.
  9. andyslawncare

    andyslawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 812

    I agree with the 50/50 above. People have to make money and they will move on... Some people have gone for the winter and came back in the spring though. I've had the same group of part timers for 3 years now, if one isn't able to help then another is... I recommend to have a few part time guys trained to your equip and scope of work, and whoever wants to get paid more will come to work. There is still a lot of work to do during the winter, so you just have to figure out your area and sell what is needed.
  10. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,795

    really, around here most of the lower paid work force ( face it lawn care is not a huge money maker for laborers)are scrubs so it makes it hard to find the ones worth it. we have had a few now that have loyalty to our company and do great work so we try to pay them well and take care of them like family at times to build a good relationship. that seems to work best for us. you just have to know where the line is and not cross it between employee that you treat well and really befriending them. it can backfire easily

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