Mowing with shirts off

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by rclawn, Mar 10, 2019.

  1. rclawn

    rclawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 725

    Honest thoughts? It gets so hot here in the summer and my guys are really pushing this. We most recently had a meeting for the upcoming growing season and this was really the only thing they wanted to change! I took that as a good thing... out of everything with my company this is all they don’t like.

    But I’m just worried it will make us seem like Beer money guys. We use newer wright standers, trailer is well painted and trucks are 2015 and 2016’s. Would you allow your employees to mow with shirts off? To me, on the one hand it looks unprofessional. But then again these guys are cutting grass not giving legal advice or mortgages. At the end of the day I feel like people don’t really care because they’re just labor guys and only there for 20 mins...
  2. hal

    hal LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Georgia
    Messages: 1,152

    Nope I would scare customers away.....white lightning. It looks unprofessional, even though I did it in my 20's.
  3. Jake the grass guy

    Jake the grass guy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 309

    i agree im just a solo opp. but if i had employees i would not allow it. its not what you think its what your company will look like to everyone. its all about perception. people will think it looks unprofessional. maybe look into getting some really nice lightweight shirts either polos are regular shirts that wick the sweat away. thats what i would do.
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  4. Matthews Lawn Care

    Matthews Lawn Care LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,420

    Nope, wouldn’t do it. It’s just an open invitation for problems.

    Instead, I’d look at getting them some shirts that’d keep them cooler.

    Also, I’m 2.5 hrs south of KC. It’s not that hot to where shedding a shirt will make a difference. If anything, it will be hotter with the sun hitting your skin directly.
  5. Mark Stark

    Mark Stark LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 434

    Not a chance.

    When I was in the Army, I spent more than a year in the sandbox (Iraq). It gets very hot there. None of the locals went shirtless. In fact, they wore long sleeve shirts that were looser in fit.

    It has to do with sweat & how it evaporates. It's a mindset. Guys think they feel better shirtless but mostly, they don't. They'll get sweaty, then dirty from dust & grass. Then they'll complain about that. In the meantime, they'll mess up your truck seats and mower seats with their gross body sweat. They'll look intimidating to clients.

    Fat guys with no shirts and bouncy man boobs on my clients properties? NOPE
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  6. Doc8406

    Doc8406 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 8,070

    No.. it is why i will keep three shirts in the vehicle at any time..
  7. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 16,058

    i wear long sleeved tshirts and khaki pants all summer long even in 100 degree heat. if it's hot you are gonna be hot no matter what. plus if you are sweating dust and grass will stick to your sweat.
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  8. Doc8406

    Doc8406 LawnSite Fanatic
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  9. OP

    rclawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 725

    So.. cut offs? (The sleeveless shirts where you cut down the side so your ribs get some sun)?
  10. Doc8406

    Doc8406 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 8,070

    Personally, i wouldn't.. it is all about image in my book and projecting a positive one at that.. the redneck look never really does that i think
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