Time spent at the shop?

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by zlandman, Oct 4, 2019.

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How much time employees spend daily at the shop.

  1. 15 minutes or less.

    36.8%
  2. 15 - 30 minutes

    31.6%
  3. 30 - 60 minutes

    21.1%
  4. 1 - 1.5 hours

    5.3%
  5. 1.5 - 2 hours

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  6. 2-3 hours

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  7. 3 + hours

    5.3%
  1. zlandman

    zlandman LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 688

    How long do your crews mull around at the shop in a typical day, getting going in the morning and coming back before clock out?

    Of that time are they mostly working or mostly messing around?
     
  2. andersman02

    andersman02 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 707

    Spray guys are in and out in 10-15 minutes if they filled the previous night, 30 mins tops if they have to fill.

    Mowers probably 15-30 minutes, depending if they need to swap equipment or if they tarped things off.
     
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  3. andersman02

    andersman02 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 707

    Just reread, your asking about time spent morning and afternoon, id say around 30-45 minutes. Includes call aheads, filling, getting ready for the next day etc.
     
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  4. Tara Ann

    Tara Ann LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 744

    After clocking-in, we do our best to have the crews on the road within 6 minutes or less. There have been occasional days that were 15-20 minutes, but it is rare.

    That being said, we have couches, and a full kitchenette in the office. Most of the employees come in early, eat breakfast, grab coffee, chit chat with one another, and get ready for their day before clocking-in.
     
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    zlandman

    zlandman LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 688

    They're just coming in early to see Tara Ann, I think we all know that ;)
     
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  6. Tara Ann

    Tara Ann LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 744

    :laugh: you've got jokes!

    There is a chart [somewhere] that shows, on average, how much 6 minutes/day of an employee on the clock will cost you over a year's time. Then you take that number, and multiply it by the number of employees you have. It becomes incredibly costly and downright wasteful. Find a routine that gets your crews out the door, and on the road, quickly and efficiently. Stick to your guns! payup
     
  7. kemco

    kemco LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,605

    Wish I had a shop.:(
     
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  8. andersman02

    andersman02 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 707

    I think you should also specify what kind of work there doing, 6 minutes is great but I'm guessing that's for mowing where therrs no materials to load up?
     
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  9. jonthepain

    jonthepain LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Raleigh
    Messages: 1,059

    Our guys go straight from the parking lot to their trucks and take off. Truck tanks are filled the previous afternoon. Occasionally they chat for a couple of minutes but generally they just want to get out of there and get their route done.

    We pay per property so time at the shop is a non issue.
     
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  10. Tara Ann

    Tara Ann LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 744

    That's a great point, @andersman02! Thank you for bringing that to my attention.

    We actually have a "Shop Guy," that comes into work in the early afternoon (about 2PM), and stays until mid evening (about 8PM) Monday - Thursday, and most of the day Saturday as well. He is the one responsible for cleaning mowers, maintenance/upkeep, sharpening blades, cleaning and washing trucks, loading trucks with equipment and materials for the next workday, etc. Without him, we would be unable to get everybody to work in the aforementioned time frame.
     
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