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Water & ice for employees?

Discussion in 'Employment' started by Gundog100, Aug 26, 2018.

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  1. Tara Ann

    Tara Ann LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 988

    Our guys really dig having cold ice water provided for them every single day. Do not look at the amount of money you are paying for the ice as a cost, but look at it as an investment into your employees...worth it.
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  2. oqueoque

    oqueoque LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Jersey
    Messages: 4,767

    Can you get an Ice vendor/maker to deliver the Ice to you?

    Or how about this:
    Work out a deal with the storage company and don't charge your employees.
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  3. eggy

    eggy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,327

    I imagine this conversation at work. Boss I want some ice.. I don’t think he would even respond to me...
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  4. oqueoque

    oqueoque LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Jersey
    Messages: 4,767

    Or he would tell you to wait for January.

    We don't do it, but once it is started you can't take it away, without consequences. It's cheaper than replacing disgruntled employees.
  5. rclawn

    rclawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,522

    I know of a guy in town that stocks his trucks with gatorade and beef jerky, seeds etc. The best refreshments. He lets his employees take from the coolers but it is deducted out of their paycheck. Not sure what he charges them but he brags about how he makes an extra $100 or so a week because the lawn jockeys are stupid enough to pay more than face value because of instant gratification.. Kinda messed up in my opinion but they keep going for it nonetheless
  6. That Guy Gary

    That Guy Gary LawnSite Gold Member
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    How many guys are we talking about?

    If it's two that's messed up.

    If it's twenty and he's just rounding up everything to the nearest dollar he might actually be providing a valuable service.

    Growing up my family had a few fab shops, we had companies leave bins with snacks for sale on an honor system.

    He's going to Costco to drop a few hundred on drinks and snacks really cheap and his guys aren't stopping at the gas station in the morning to buy them.

    How does he track who takes what though?
  7. rclawn

    rclawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,522

    He has a like 5 or 6 guys I think. I didn’t think, he probably factors the money/ time saved by not having them stop at gas stations since he has the food/ drink already there. Maybe it isn’t that messed up lol
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  8. HawkeyeLawnCare

    HawkeyeLawnCare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 40

    We provide our guys with water and Gatorade and also have a ice machine for them. We look at it as a cheap morale booster and a lot cheaper than a workers comp claim due to a heat stroke. Now it cost us up front but it has paid dividends in long run with employee retention.
  9. That Guy Gary

    That Guy Gary LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,944

    I'm starting to think people who have an issue with punctuality could try using perks like this to get people to work on time.
  10. zlandman

    zlandman LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 1,185

    I know some union guys that are required to be provided chilled water by their contract. The employer has a full size chest freezer inside. Ice company comes and fills it every couple months. It's cheap, like $120/refill and the ice guy fills it.

    Way back when I worked on an install crew I took a gallon size water cooler for myself every day. The employer provided a cooler with cans of Pepsi, but I couldn't drink that junk in the heat.

    Now I'm solo I stop at a station and buy cold powerade or take it from home and also have a case of warm water in the truck.
    hort101 likes this.
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