Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by ok4me2xlr8, Jun 29, 2007.

  1. ok4me2xlr8

    ok4me2xlr8 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 188

    Does anyone have any ideas that work for keeping workers motivated
  2. bluflame1914

    bluflame1914 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 55

    drinks in the cooler, feed them for lunch, time a lawn job. (ex. 30 min. or less.) little things make the difference.
  3. ok4me2xlr8

    ok4me2xlr8 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 188

    thanks man i have had the same people working for me for about 4 months now but they are starting to slack off some but when they try they are great!!!
  4. fiveoboy01

    fiveoboy01 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,988

    Well, I would say give them a raise, but that won't last long.

    Perhaps a "performance bonus"?
  5. ok4me2xlr8

    ok4me2xlr8 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 188

    yea i am raised out but the other sounds pretty good!!!
  6. Mancinioldhorse

    Mancinioldhorse LawnSite Member
    Messages: 69

    how about a percentage of any new business they get signed up for a full 12 month contract. Say 5%....the more business they bring in, the more they's like they are a partner. 5% of 1k is $50...if they do that a few times it's like a nice raise, and you will be rolling in the dough...and if they are slackers...any potential customers will know it and you won't see the new business.
  7. Tim Wright

    Tim Wright LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,034

    I have personally found that if a person has a work ethic that is decent, a little respect and proper pay do the job. If they do not have a decent work ethic, but enough to keep on showing up, there is nothing you can do. You will keep giving and giving and giving, and they will keep taking and taking and taking.

    It's tough anymore.

  8. Focal Point Landscapes

    Focal Point Landscapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 401

    Good ideas , and I think bluflame hit the nail on the head - it is the little things that are often the most effective. However , I think that motivation will always be a challenge in our industry.
  9. bluflame1914

    bluflame1914 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 55

    What I have learned over the years is that good help is always hard to find. My uncle and I used to have a couple of guys work for us but they all had habits. one always needed a beer, one always had to smoke, it just got to the point we just work by ourselves. we gets things done with a 2 man crew but that 3rd man sure helps a lot.
  10. Darrin A.

    Darrin A. LawnSite Member
    Messages: 94

    Have you tried asking them why they slowed down? Maybe they didn't notice.

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