Who trims, you or the help?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by shearbolt, Aug 3, 2002.

  1. shearbolt

    shearbolt LawnSite Member
    Messages: 171

    I find that I can keep employees if all they do is ride. I trail behind to trim and watch the quality. I like to be the last one on the property.
  2. Ax Man

    Ax Man LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 446

    Some one else did a thread about this recently and it has changed my thinking.
    I have gone through my share of mediocre employees over the years, and I am willing to bet that I could have gotten more out of them (and my accounts) if I did all the trimming(Ok, Most)and let them ride.
    I have a couple college girls working for me now and they love to ride (Not punny guys) and don't want the grass juice on thier legs like the bosses.
    I'm getting more done, and reciepts are up too.
    So I think you and I are on the right track.
    anyone else?
  3. SLS

    SLS LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mars
    Messages: 1,540

    Has finding motivated workers become so difficult that the bossman now has to do the hard/hot/dirty work while the paid helpers get paid to sit on their duffs and just ride the $10,000 machines...that WE bought...on the accounts that WE landed?

    Since when did the CEO/foreman/supervisor have to start picking up the shovel and digging the ditch himself? It never was this way when I was working for someone else. They sat in the A/C with a phone stuck up to their head while I was sweating my hump off in the pit for my paycheck.

    Maybe I'll have to reconsider hiring on help next spring. :cry:
  4. nuthinlikeadame

    nuthinlikeadame LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    If your "help" has YOU helping them what the #$%@ good are they? I will go through lazy worker after lazy worker until I find somebody worthwhile. How are you ever going to grow your business if you have to go behind everyone on your crew and do the detail work. That's what I call a dead-end job.;)
  5. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Messages: 3,010

    if it gets cut, I cut it.

    if it gets trimmed, I trim it.

    and reading the above make me glads it's that way.

  6. EJK2352

    EJK2352 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,150

    Ditto's geogunn!!!!!!!!!!:) ;) :) ED
  7. The Mowerdude

    The Mowerdude LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 372

    On our crew, we use 2 men, 2 ZTRs, 2 trimmers and 2 blowers.

    It is the most efficient that we've ever run next to a 1 man crew. And neither man feels slighted by the other because each gets the good and the bad and both do an equal amount of work.

    It also makes for a sense of teamwork instead of the old boss man/lackey environment.
  8. yardboyltd

    yardboyltd LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 323

    I agree.
  9. Mike (MLC)

    Mike (MLC) LawnSite Member
    Messages: 183

    I have 1 guy working for me and I have him do all the trimming. I figure since I'm the boss, I should be the one who gets to use the mower. Plus, my helper doesn't drive the mower that good and I have a particular way I like to cut. He does much better with the trimming. The only time I help on trimming, is when are at a really big job where alot of trimming needs to be done.
  10. Esby

    Esby LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 662

    For me, the help alway does the majority of the trimming. I didn't dish out the cash for a Lazer Z for someone else to ride it. I've worked hard in the past so I can take it a little easier now.

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