8am sharp, we used to start 7-7:30 for 4 years, people seem happier now with that time. We have gotten one complaint at 9am - that's too early?!? Employees were happier also when we moved the time to 8am.
We show up at work at 7:30. with 5 guys in the company it takes about 30 minutes to do all maintenance on the machines, mix gas, unload grass and load machines. so it's usually 8:30 by the time we roll up to the first job site. We don't mow on saturdays unless it rains...then its prolly 10 before we start. We try to do hedge trimming and everything on saturdays since it's quieter...we've had people never know we were there when we were doing some serious landscaping.
One morning I was doing an account at 8:30. Lady comes out in her PJ's and tells me that people in her neighborhood don't mow before 9am. Meanwhile, another LCO is mowing next door to me. I'm like WTF???
On residential jobs, we start at 8:00. On commercial jobs we start at 7:00.
When the heat sets in, like now, we start residentials at 7:30 and commercials as early as 4:00AM. In fact, tomorrow we are starting a big commercial job at 4:00AM. All my ZTR's have lights.
I get up at 5 AM I eat breakfast and then around 6AM I load up then by 7AM I take out to the first job of the day. I agree residential should not start until 8AM, however if your out in the country the cow have been milked for hours so I lite off around 730AM. Commercial as early as 7AM. Sometime If I run into someone I will sit and go have coffee and shot the breeze for a while. I am no big hurry Life is to short and I don't overload myself with tto much that I can't handle in a 10 hour day. I can't get use to this civilian time I am use to using the 24 hour time.:blob2:
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