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No snow how do you treat your employees?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by IPLOWSNO, Jan 29, 2015.


    IPLOWSNO PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,619

    What do you do when there's no snow?

    Anyone with seasonals make money but what about your on call guys that are waiting for the call that never comes !!

    How do you keep guys that haven't worked in weeks? You know the ones that are at your beckon call waiting on you 24/7 waiting to plow?

    Do you think this year will have an effect on how many guys you are able to retain next year?

    Do you compensate them at all or is it tough **** or do you have a you make this much if it doesn't snow at all policy?
  2. beanz27

    beanz27 Senior Member
    Messages: 984

    My guys are laid off equipment operators, so the less I call the happier they are. I do have 1 guy who I have do shop work if it's slow. I buy projects fix then sell, if it's slow I have him fix it to give him some hours.
  3. GM Landscape

    GM Landscape Junior Member
    Messages: 18

    Two of ours are part time so they will call in to other job during plowing times and our third guy basically lives off his girlfriend all winter......like a sugar mommy I guess.
  4. ggb6259

    ggb6259 Senior Member
    from SW MI
    Messages: 214

    My hero!!!
  5. JimMarshall

    JimMarshall Senior Member
    from NW PA
    Messages: 785

    Where do I sign up?:nod:
  6. GM Landscape

    GM Landscape Junior Member
    Messages: 18

    I don't know, he's a middle aged goofy guy that quits his summer jobs and sits home all winter only getting paid when we plow and she treats him like the cats meow.
  7. kimber750

    kimber750 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,180

    I will take two of those please. :nod:
  8. leigh

    leigh PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,968

    My help are all contractors,carpenters,plumbers,electricians etc or family.They don't care if it snows or not.Got me not caring either lol.
  9. lawnlandscape

    lawnlandscape Senior Member
    Messages: 374

    It's rough. This year I'm hurting, they are hurting, we all are hurting.

    When they do work, I pay them well, and a winter season bonus at the end of the year. However, the winter season bonus is based on the hours they worked over winter season. I have had a lot of turn over this year, but my key employees have remained intact. I've got very loyal key employees. They know its not my fault its not snowing. They know I want and need it as bad as they do.
  10. G.Landscape

    G.Landscape Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 836

    Pay them a stanby fee based on a portion off a typical year. For most this is a few hundred a paycheck but means they have some guaranteed income and keeps them happy and ready for when snow does hit. Some handy guys stay on all winter repairing and servicing equipment for the summer season.
  11. TPCLandscaping

    TPCLandscaping Senior Member
    Messages: 274

    One guy is laid off all winter so he just likes to hang around and help me out. My driver of my second truck owns his own construction business and his customers know that he plows when its snowing and gets their work done when he can, he also gets to use my shop for prepping material his jobs which makes him happy. My third guy who is my actually employee during the summer picked up an afternoon shift at a local farm. I offered to lay him off and go on unemployment and just call him in when needed but he chose to grab another job and be available for me in the morning.
  12. Ramairfreak98ss

    Ramairfreak98ss PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,885

    Same with us... it sucks, this year in NJ started off so slow, no work for anyone and guys i hired and or retained from last year, took jobs by jan 1st 2015.. so it left us understaffed suddenly just because the lack of snow or ice.