Good lawn care employees can be so difficult to find. So if you are in a situation where you are going through employee after employee, don’t feel like you are alone. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from some entrepreneurs who are all experiencing problems getting staff to show up and when they show up, getting them to actually do the work that is needed.
One lawn care business owner wrote “I finally geared myself up to hire a guy part time. He seemed like an ok guy, a little rough around the edges, but at $10 an hour it’s kinda what I was expecting. Any way fast forward until his first day, yesterday. I get to the shop at 7am, like I do every day. He was supposed to show up at 7:30, well 7:40 rolls around then 7:50 and he still isn’t there. I didn’t get a call or anything so I left and went to work. Well I didn’t get a call or a text so I call him at lunch and I WOKE him up! Like are you serious I wish I could find some one who actually wanted to work!
How do you get reliable lawn care employees? My brother is in high school and he was on spring break this week so he was able to give me a hand on account I had to fire that other guy. I have a few interviews lined up with other people so hopefully I can find a new guy.”
A second lawn care business owner shared “it’s hard to find someone to work who has an eye for what needs to be done. My one lawn care employee rakes like my grandmother. I am already 75% more productive than he is on a job site, and it’s not working out.
If I leave him to do 1 simple task, it takes him FOREVER, and he doesn’t do it properly, and he won’t listen.
When I ask him to blow the leaves out of some bushes onto the lawn, he doesn’t have the common sense to actually GET IN THERE in order to get the leaves out. He’ll stand there full throttle with the blower aimed at a bush several feet away!
I wanted him to blow all the leaves out from hidden areas onto the lawn so that I could mow them up. Then as he hauls the bags to the trailer, I would begin trimming.
I ended up mowing the entire yard (tractor in the front, self propelled walk behind in the back yard), trimming… He still hadn’t done anything with the leaves….
I ended up helping him rake the leaves into a pile and bagging them the hard way. My guy wasn’t able to accomplish anything.
It really sucks when I know as a fact I could of had the leaves where I wanted them within 5 minutes front and back. It’s very stressful, I don’t expect much either, just get something done!
Our first yard cleanup together was a disaster. I told him to work with me, to keep the leaves spread out onto the lawn so I could mow them up.
As soon as I start making my pass with the tractor, he’s on the other side of the house. Meanwhile I have the leaves scattering around as I mow (very windy day), and he’s not keeping them within the lawn, he’s off doing his own thing.
I had to take the leaf blower and practically do everything myself. The job ended with us raking piles and bagging leaves the slow way.
I just don’t trust him with the mower at all. He’d probably injure himself and end up suing me. Useless!”
A third added “I had a guy work with me exactly one day. I was paying him to help with some house flipping cleanup at $10 per hour. Basically what we did was haul away all the trash, carpet, pads etc. I guess that the only reason that he lasted a day with me was I was his ride home.
Well the next day he never showed and never called. Saturday rolls around and I finally get a call. I told him I pay on Fridays for that week’s work. They did not come over to get their money until 5 pm on Saturday and I so pissed I gave him a check instead of cash. Wait till Monday!”
A fourth said “quality assistance is difficult to seek, but once you have it available, it’s your job to provide expectations and consistent work for them.
They will continue to work their asses off as long as you keep taking care of them.”
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