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What are you paying experienced spray techs?

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by replenish&subdue, Aug 30, 2012.

  1. replenish&subdue

    replenish&subdue LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 272

    Do you pay overtime,health insurance,vacation. How about quotas,what do you expect from your employee?
  2. humble1

    humble1 LawnSite Silver Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,519

    I pay ot, I pay holidays, I pay a few sick days, christmas bonus. We will be looking into insurance next year. I am thinking about a fair bonus or commission structure for next year. Still need to figure a chargeback where if the customer cancels or we get a callback if the tech rushes thru the job to make a quota.
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  3. replenish&subdue

    replenish&subdue LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 272

    Humble 1,
    I am on the same page except the quota part. Quotas employees find it tempting to cut corners and have call backs or worse.
  4. humble1

    humble1 LawnSite Silver Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,519

    Thats why there has to be a fair and legal way to have them lose the production bonus or the quota bonus for cutting corners and getting a callback.
  5. replenish&subdue

    replenish&subdue LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 272

    I once worked for a company where at the end of the year we received a bonus-maybe. It was based on a number of factors. Perhaps you could throw in your bonus points for or against according to complaints (customers or your own),productivity,dependability,honesty,initiative,valve to company (can do maintenance,PR,example). Bonus amount should be kept to one's self.No system is perfect or even fair but may they honor your attempt.
    There are always cases where I pull my hair out like telling my employee clearly not to ever,never carry blue dye in the cab of the truck. Ever try to clean almost a gallon of blue dye. I am still discovering it to this day. Or my employee putting gas in my diesel-again.
  6. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,562

    My suggestion. Give out a bonus check every week. Say $50...however...cut it in half, if a mistake was made. Increase, if good week. Base pay can be a little lower.

    In time--the closer the reward to the correct behavior--the stronger is the reinforcement of the desired behavior. Principle of psychology.
    Ideally, the manager himself should inspect a few lawns every week.

    Recognition. Top-performing employees should get a bigger bonus and a certificate in front of the whole crew. Stand him on a pedestal, play the Star Spangled Banner, and have the best office girl give him a kiss. (Guys love to show-off in front of women). He should get a special reward--gold bar for his shirt. Perhaps a new spreader, or the best truck, the best parking place for the week, gets to drive the boss's car for the week, lunch with the boss, out to dinner with the boss for he and his wife. Plus of course--promise of a better job or management position soon.

    Maybe you can write off the cost of the dinner and lease on your new Cadillac as a business expense.

    DUSTYCEDAR LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 5,134

    have the best office girl give him a kiss
    that will get u in some trouble lol
    but i like all the other ideas
  8. P.Services

    P.Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,319

    wow that makes me want to come work for you!!!! sounds like a dream job!!

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