Lunch time on the job...

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by PR0 TURF, Jan 28, 2004.

  1. PR0 TURF

    PR0 TURF LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,088

    For those of you with employees, or who work for a do you handle lunch time on the job??

    If we are doing maintenance, we will usually stop by a sub shop/fast food and take a 30 minute (Paid) lunch.

    If we're doing irrigation or are on a job all day we will order food and get it delivered to the jobsite.

    Some days if things are very busy etc we will grab lunch on the go & eat in the trucks etc...I don't like doing it and the guys dislike it also.

    One company in our area has all crews meet back at there shop at noon, and they all take a 45 minute (unpaid) break and go off on there own.

  2. pinnacle

    pinnacle LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 791

    The unpaid break at the shop sounds like a good idea. When I've had guys in the past we've always stoped at a park or just ate in the vehical. Usually my guys bring their own lunch but I'll leave it up to them weather or not we stop for fast food. I just play it by ear. For a big crew (I've only had 4 guys working for me and thats only when I do municipal work) going back to the shop is the way I'd go. Gives em all a chance for a chat, feed and a breather in familiar suroundings.
  3. Yard Perfect

    Yard Perfect LawnSite Member
    Messages: 133

    We do small residential and we eat on the move.
  4. Florida 5 Star

    Florida 5 Star LawnSite Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 92

    Paid lunch break and I treat for lunch, I enjoy the time to sit down and reflect on the morning and get the crew ready for the afternoon whork shift.

    TREEGODFATHER LawnSite Member
    Messages: 203

    Pretty much the same routine. Every day is different, so you have to be flexible.

    ProTurf: I like Will-Nicks Diner when I'm out yer way.
  6. OP
    PR0 TURF

    PR0 TURF LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,088

    You pay for lunch every day or once in a while?!? How many guys do you buy for? Must get rather pricey...
    I treat for lunch when its way too hot out, or if i know we are going to have to work later than usual.

    TreeGodFather: Will-Nick's Diner on the lake...we drive by it probably 5x per week...but have never stopped in there yet. Have to try it out soon.

    TREEGODFATHER LawnSite Member
    Messages: 203

    I buy now and then, depending on how profitable the job is and how much the crew is busting hump.

    I also prefer the breaks where we get to sit down; gives us a chance to plan our strategy, so-to-speak.

    Then, there's been days I've had lunch sent up into the tree and just ate up there. Those were kind of fun, actually!
  8. Avery

    Avery LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,388

    30 minutes paid and the guys bring their lunch.
  9. Cheesedawg1

    Cheesedawg1 LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 282

    I pack my lunch and sit down on my customers property and eat it. LOL
  10. GrassBustersLawn

    GrassBustersLawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 980

    We either stop at a fast food or if they brought their lunch we will eat in the truck. Usually fast food though as it doubles as a bathroom stop too. I pay them during lunch. Try to keep it to 30 minutes. I PAY for all that work on Saturday. Usually do a big commercial job on Saturday morning. When we're done we go to a Ponderosa Steakhouse or similar for the lunch buffet.


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