Had an issue with an employee. Not a big one but I did, and we worked through it. What happened is, he generally gets to the shop before I do in the a.m. Unlocks the door, pulls his truck and trailer out, then stands around waiting for me to arrive. Very good worker, does excellent work and I am always getting good remarks from customers on him. Ex, great attitude, did a great job, better then expected. So here's the issue. He wants paid from the time he unlocks the door, till the time he arrives back at the shop and closes up. Now thats fine but, when I arrive he's just standing around in the shop, or either on his phone. There is always things to do, sweep the floor, organize hand tools, clean the trucks out of the garbage, wash a truck, empty trash cans, clean up a bathroom and so on. So what do you guys do. Do you start paying when he arrives, or when he arrives at the first job of the day? Then at the end of the day? During the day as well, are you paying for drive time between jobs? Do you make them take a lunch, or just let them work through it? I know kind of lengthy but, we are early enough in the year, I can get this handled and move on.
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