Good lawn care employees.

Do you find certain people make better employees than others? Does their work history become a good predictor of their future interaction with you? Do you set up any ground rules before getting a new employee started? In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from some entrepreneurs who have their own unique methods to finding new employees and sifted out the good ones to keep.

One lawn care business owner wrote “I had the best luck with military personal. The only problem I found was they are only available part time.

In the past, I tried carpenters, roofers, and some were good until they found other work, others thought the work was to hard and the pay was to little.

Every year I bring on about 5-6 new guys. The ones that last usually just listen and show up. Sadly, the ones that work hard, who show initiative and do things the right way, always job hop.”

A second lawn care business owner responded “unfortunately the real good lawn care employees don’t last because they usually have the brains and ambition to either start their own business or move on to a better career choice.

If it makes you feel better, the problems have always been the same. Good help has always been hard to find because let’s face it, no one grows up wanting to be a landscaper especially, no one grows up wanting to be a employee of a landscaper. The only difference is there are fewer people today that even have any work ethic.

There are exceptions to the rule with all of the above but the business is not what it used to be and the economy has created a influx of excess landscapers.

I still like doing what I do but it is getting old especially with the excess baggage of employees. The sad part of being in this business is the only two things that upset me are customers and employees and the day I can make a living without either one will be the day I finally figured it all out.

I tell any new employee no smoking on the job and to leave your phone off and in the truck or it might get broken. Then one new guy I hired replied back ‘it’s ok, I am pretty good at protecting my phone.’

I said ‘ok, I thought I would just warn you so it don’t get ruined.’

Fast forwards 10 minutes, his phone was ringing and he stopped working and turned the mower off and started having a conversation. So I approached him and smacked the phone out of his hand and it went about twenty feet in the air before hitting the ground.

He said, ‘why did you do that?’

I said, ‘I told you to keep your phone in the truck or it might get broken and you didn’t and it did.’

All my employees were laughing because they knew better and this young lad found out the hard way that using a cell phone while working for me is the last thing you want to do if you want to keep a job. So he was out a phone and a job.

Even I leave my phone in the truck and if someone calls me and it is that important they can leave a message.

I have zero tolerance for this diva mentality we have today with all these kids and their phones and computers who act as if it is a constitutional right to be able to chat on the phone all day while someone is paying you to work.

I tell all my mowing clients when they hire me that I am a working boss and I am on every job at all times. If they need to contact me, to leave a message because calling me 30 times an hour is not gonna get me to respond any sooner. I don’t screen calls so if you call me and I don’t answer, it is a clear indication that I am working.”

A third shared “when I need to hire someone I do what my previous lawn care boss did when he hired me.

My first job in the lawn business started when my prior boss brought me and another guy in. On our first Monday he told us both ‘one of you will have a job at the end of the week, one of you won’t.’

I busted my butt all week while the other guy texted on his phone, took his time getting out of the truck and showed he was just not into the job.

In my opinion, you get two things from this new employee approach. You find that the guy really hires himself, and the guy you end up hiring already set his own bar and can only improve from there. He can’t really slack off because you’ve seen how he can work.”

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