To Hire or Not? Survey Says

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by Az Gardener, Oct 19, 2005.

  1. Az Gardener

    Az Gardener LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,899

    Need some advise on this one. A former but brief employee (2-months) quit and wants to come back to work for me. Problem is I think he is bi-polar and I'm almost positive he is a functioning alcoholic. Sounds like an easy decision except he is very personable, clean cut, good hygiene, and above all talented he has a good eye for design he knows plant varieties and the clients love him. There is a lot of other baggage that is to petty to get into but he is a challenge to employ. I desperately need someone of his caliber but have been unable to find anyone. And he works cheap. He has called back several times and apologized. I hired him back one time (two weeks ago) and I went to pick him up and he smelled of alcohol (gin) and I asked him about the smell, he said he had been drinking the night before and didn't realize he smelled. He was clear eyed and did not seem impaired. I told him I could not have him smelling like that at work. In his prior employment I never smelled any thing and he was never late and only missed one day and called in the night before. He will not be driving a truck or operating machinery, just planting flowers and modifying irrigation in flower beds. What say you ?
  2. newz7151

    newz7151 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Tejas
    Messages: 2,419

    Hand him a breath mint, a bottle of Fabreeze (sp?), a little shovel and put him to work!
  3. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,496

    Tough call and don't really know if there is a correct answer. You'll have to be your own worst critic and use your best judgment.

    I was assigned a helper one time who had a reputation as being somewhat "quantity challenged" and everyone was amazed that we got so much done. I just realized his capabilities and assigned him tasks that he could easily handle and that allowed me to get more done.
  4. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,496

    LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :blob2:
  5. grassyfras

    grassyfras LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,475

    I would hire him. I would love to find a guy that would want to work and be good with customers. Just make sure hes not drunk.
  6. Turfdude

    Turfdude LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,899

    I guess it depends on how desperate you are. Guys like this will usually be okay for 2 weeks at best till they hang themselves. He may help you through a tough period. We refer to them as "disposable band-aids". Just how it is. Remember a lot of times we don't get the bottom of the barrel, we get whats under it.

    M RASCOE&SONS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,475

    my name is on the side of the trucks and i wouldnt knowingly hire someone back that could potentialy tarnish my name polar and alcohol, no way
  8. DuallyVette

    DuallyVette LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,966

    It sounds like he can't take care of himself. If HE can't count on HIM, how can I.
  9. QualityLawnCare4u

    QualityLawnCare4u LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,758

    I dont care how good a worker he is, alcohol and bi polar, Noooo, I would pass on him. I had a renter with bi polar and I dont ever want to deal with someone with that crap again!
  10. nocutting

    nocutting LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 530

    But if you want to do some charitable deed, pick a person that admits they have a problem.........The guys a Handful, as soon as you start to depend on him hell fall flat on his happenes to all of us.....Once I tried picken a "Bum" off the street on a rainy day.....its a long story, but not everybody needs to work for you....Good Luck.....:angel:

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