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new employee nightmare

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by grasskeeper, Apr 30, 2003.

  1. crazygator

    crazygator LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,048

    And you have an employee that fits that mold?......hahaha
  2. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    Which one and what day? haha
  3. sheppard

    sheppard LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 542

    That is truly a horro story!

    As a solo op I have this sinking feeling that when I hire a helper he's going to cut off his arm, destroy my equipment, kill a citizen and rip apart a near by cat...maybe the last one isn't so bad.

    But seriously folks. I'm a safety freak and I've sliced myself so many times it's scarey. Can't imagine what hiring a person confortable with minimum wage + an end of the week bonus would do !

    Have a budy of mine that has Fridays off this summer from a teaching job. Says he wants to work with me then. He & I could do my two biggest accounts and nock them off in 7-9 hours probably....

    Man, I'm still scared thinking about it!

  4. Tharrell

    Tharrell LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,967

    It's a catch 22. To be good, they need to think like me. If they think like me, I'm just training them to be my competition some time soon.
  5. Rtom45

    Rtom45 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 456

    A long time ago when I worked for a commercial landscaper, new guys got the bull work. After you proved yourself, you got more and more responsibility. As a grounds crew supervisor for 2 different Colleges for the past 22 years, Ive found that people with a farming background make the best employees for this kind of work.
  6. Gravely_Man

    Gravely_Man LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,075

    I have reread this post twice. I don't understand what the problem is. The new guy was just trying to help out by sharpening the blades using rocks and bricks. What is the problem? Hopefully the customer was not upset and the only thing damaged was a set of blades. Just use this as a learning experience and don't let it get you down.

  7. GraZZmaZter

    GraZZmaZter LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 740

    LOL! That was a hoot. I can only picture that in my head.

    I will not however, let this discourage me from growing my business to accomidate employees. Thats just how it goes. Live and learn.
  8. TotalCareSolutions

    TotalCareSolutions LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 518

    Im all for training, growing etc.....but after watching a guy take down a couple trash cans, hes probably gotta come off that mower, till I get him out in a parking lot or behind my house for him to get a feel for it...........( the mower!!). BUT before I can get there hes driven into the front door of a customers house. Are you gonna give him the 'benefit of the doubt'?
  9. musselman

    musselman LawnSite Senior Member
    from utah
    Messages: 301

    I agree with thw solo guys. I was a bigger LCO had a couple full time and a part time employee. Then decided to move back to my home town a teach and do lawn care on the side (I still make more $ doing lawn care LOL) I love being solo agian, and I had good employees. Its just less headaches, less stress, and in my case (after paying wages, taxes, insurance, and repair bills) not a whole lot less money. Less stress is worth alot to me...mom and kids love me agian lol.
  10. cos

    cos LawnSite Addict
    Messages: 1,253

    I had to laugh when reading this. That would have been one to see (him being dragged by the mower). I don't think it would have been funny in your case.

    No pics of the bent blades?

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