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  • #16
    I carry my phone just in case I get an important phone call, and I like to listen to music while running my mower.

    My dad grew up working like he does, so maybe by the time i'm his age i'll be able to work as fast as him ;P
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    • #17
      I agree with this. I am 20, and i'm not lazy, nor am I attached at the hip to my cellphone checking facebook statuses all day, when I do lawncare, I work, and I work hard, but my dad is 54 years old, and my god he could work circles around me, I just don't understand it.

      i tell any new employee to leave his phone off and in the truck or it might get broken.
      then the 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 "

      10 minutes later his phone was ringing and he stopped working and turned the machine off and started having a conversation.
      so i approached him and smacked to phone out of his hand and it went about twenty feet in the air before hitting the ground.

      he said, " WTF, why did you do that? "

      i said, " i told you to keep your phone in the truck or it might get broken and you did'nt and it did."

      all my guys were laughing because they knew better and this young lad found out the hard way that useing 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.

      i have zero tolerence for this diva mentallity 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.

      even though i smoke about a half a pack a day and most times even less i have a no smoking policy.
      another new guy i hired said " how can you have a no smoking policy and be a smoker? "

      i replied, " there are several reasons, 1. it is my business, 2. i sign the checks, 3. and i am not paying you to smoke on my time, 4. no one ever died because they did not get a cigarette, 5. i don't want people walking around my customers properties with a cigarette hanging out of their mouths, 6. i don't want anyone lighting up in my trucks and either making a mess with the ash tray, burning a hole in the seat or being seen throwing a cigarette out the window while driving down the road with my name on the truck. "

      i don't smoke in my own vehicles and i never smoked in my own home and in fact i wish i never smoked at all and i can pretty much do without them other then that after a meal smoke or maybe one or two while sitting back enjoying a frosty beverage.

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      • #18
        so i approached him and smacked to phone out of his hand and it went about twenty feet in the air before hitting the ground.
        I think I have a new position open for phone smacker.

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        • #19
          Yeah, I don't understand what the whole craze is about texting, talking on the phone and of course facebook. I have a facebook page, and I have i don't know maybe 30 friends if that, I don't ever use it, its pointless. I carry my phone because I don't want to miss inportant calls, but when I work I don't just get it out and start playing with it, and It really pisses me off when I see kids doing that when they are doing a job and especially driving!
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          • #20
            Sometimes when Im on my mower I use my phone to watch p0rn and get all distracted and my lines get crooked!!!!

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            • #21
              Sometimes when Im on my mower I use my phone to watch p0rn and get all distracted and my lines get crooked!!!!
              I think if you tell the customer why the lines are crooked they would understand

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              • #22
                Yeah, I don't understand what the whole craze is about texting, talking on the phone and of course facebook. I have a facebook page, and I have i don't know maybe 30 friends if that, I don't ever use it, its pointless. I carry my phone because I don't want to miss inportant calls, but when I work I don't just get it out and start playing with it, and It really pisses me off when I see kids doing that when they are doing a job and especially driving!

                i leave my phone in the truck and if someone calls me and it is that important they can leave a message.
                i do check it from time to time and i never really understood the important call thing to where i need to carry it at all times.

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                • #23
                  i leave my phone in the truck and if someone calls me and it is that important they can leave a message.
                  i do check it from time to time and i never really understood the important call thing to where i need to carry it at all times.
                  I do the same thing or call back at the end of the day. I had a few customers that were mad that I didnt pick up when they called. They dont get we operate heavy loud machinery?

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                  • #24
                    I do the same thing or call back at the end of the day. I had a few customers that were mad that I didnt pick up when they called. They dont get we operate heavy loud machinery?
                    i tell all my clients when they hire me that i am a working boss and i am on every job at all times and if they need to contact me to leave a message because calling me 30 times a hour is not gonna get me to respond any sooner.
                    i don't screen calls and if you call me and i don't answer then it is a clear indication that i am working.

                    i had one customer tell me that they think that is unprofessional and i said it is not fair to whomever i am working for that is paying me good money to work while i sit on the phone and chit chat all day long and how would you feel to see me on the phone while you are paying me to work.
                    the customer looked at me and said, you got a good point.

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                    • #25
                      i tell all my clients when they hire me that i am a working boss and i am on every job at all times and if they need to contact me to leave a message because calling me 30 times a hour is not gonna get me to respond any sooner.
                      i don't screen calls and if you call me and i don't answer then it is a clear indication that i am working.

                      i had one customer tell me that they think that is unprofessional and i said it is not fair to whomever i am working for that is paying me good money to work while i sit on the phone and chit chat all day long and how would you feel to see me on the phone while you are paying me to work.
                      the customer looked at me and said, you got a good point.
                      Lot of good stuff here about phones, employees, and smoking. I have lost a few jobs due to having my phone in the truck but I sometimes think that they would of been a pain in my neck anyway if that cannot wait for me to get back with them. I check my phone after each job or so it is never over an hour before they hear from me. One of the best employees I have had outside my wife and daughter was a man who is 61 years old. He did not care a thing about his phone and he liked to work. Lost him due to a knee issue that he had before working for me. Guess I need to go and look for some older folks.

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                      • #26
                        I have a good worker, hes always on time and works hard. the only time hes on the phone is if he has to call his wife. other than that, hes great!

                        i always leave the phone in the truck. I don't like putting a wet smelly phone up to my face, but then again, a good smell of @$$ can wake you up! ive had potential customers call, some call 3 or 4 times in the course of an hour. those to me are NOT worth it. they are the complaining type that I'd much rather leave for someone else.

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                        • #27
                          What's your qualifing new employees that works

                          Most I interview talk a big game but once out in the on the lawns they fall apart and start looking like there moping a floor with the weed eater, or running the back pack like they are afraid they might hurt the grass clippings.

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                          • #28
                            Most I interview talk a big game but once out in the on the lawns they fall apart and start looking like there moping a floor with the weed eater, or running the back pack like they are afraid they might hurt the grass clippings.
                            I love the guys that say they fix all their equipment and can work on anything. Then you put one in their hands and they cant start it.

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                            • #29
                              I have been leaving my phone in the truck lately for a few reasons. The other day it fell out of my pocket when mowing, luckily it was still laying on the mower. Secondly, my fiance keeps calling me to ask me to stupid questions lol!, so I just leave it in the truck so I can get my work done. I like to listen to music every once and a while though.
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                              • #30
                                I have been leaving my phone in the truck lately for a few reasons. The other day it fell out of my pocket when mowing, luckily it was still laying on the mower. Secondly, my fiance keeps calling me to ask me to stupid questions lol!, so I just leave it in the truck so I can get my work done. I like to listen to music every once and a while though.
                                funny you say that. I always have my folks pick up trash before mowing. The other day i was going at my mowing and saw what I thought was a dollar in the grass. My front deck wheel went across before I could pull back. I just missed cutting up a $20.00 bill!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sometimes it pays to watch what your doing.

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