I have searched and read some things about firing employees on here but most of them pertained to lawn care/maintenance. I wanted to see what some of you think in the hardscape industry would think or do with a employee that I just hired. How fast have you fired someone or how long did it take you to figure out that they weren't going to work out? Mainly for the work ethic or ability to understand the job we do. To me, hardscaping involves much more knowledge than mowing side since no house or project is the same. He is a nice guy but.... he worked 2 days so far and after the first day I felt like he wasn't going to work. I could write so much about what I see wrong. His posture when he had to rake in grass seed and sweep off the concrete was not normal, like he wouldn't bend over and only use one hand to do it. On the first day he kept going to the truck to get a drink and then would check is phone and text. The second day I started him out by digging a trench for a retaining wall and painted the lines where to dig and came back 20 minutes later, he had gone the opposite direction of the line and only went about 5 feet. I have been telling him we have to move faster and can't take our time. He just seems to space off a lot. Would you try to see if he would get better since its only been 2 days or do you think you can easily tell how someone will be? To me if I really wanted a job, I wouldn't be on my phone when everybody else is busy working. Wouldn't you think they would at least try to impress the boss for at least the first week?