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  1. #40
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    Originally posted by i_got_ideas
    We hired a good one.....put an ad out, he was the first to apply....I couldn't have been easier. He has no HVAC experience but used to work on appliances so he has a good idea about stuff. It has only been 9 days and he has impressed everyone....

    AND ok.....what do you do in this situation....our lead installer.....does AWSOME work. He can make a damn furnace look like a work of art and run just as good as it looks. Problem is the short day thing too. Sometimes comes in 9:30 or so, then leaves at 3 or 4:00. Not all the time but a lot. We don't want to lose him but how the hell do you get a guy to change his ways, he hasn't always been like this. I have to say that he does make sure everything is done before he calls it a day though, I appreciate that...It's just annoying to hear him ***** about small checks when he works so many short days. Any ideas?


    I had 2 of that kind in the past 4 yrs. Because they were good at what they did and that kind of help is fewer and fewer I didn't stop that self appointed levity. Yes they *****ed about short checks too even when I reminded them they were the ones that clocked out or didn't come in. I'll tell you it won't get better cause they are calling to many of the shots at this point. Nothing but bad will finally come of it. Had a party when the both of them finally didn't work here anymore. One of the guys was my lead man for a lot of yrs. Who ever is suppose to be making policy better stand up to the plate. I called my lead man on the rug a few weeks ago for much of the same thing and it's been a whole lot better since.
    [Edited by i_got_ideas on 04-23-2004 at 02:15 AM]
    "The Bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten"

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    6-7 hours of this stuff is enough for anybody.
    Especially installing. If he gets it done right and makes you money...well......
    Hey cockroach, don't bug me!

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    Bring Em Home....

  3. #42
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    Switch to piece work, we did, we increased production 30% and the guys increased their money the same, profits went up also.

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    Originally posted by i_got_ideas
    We hired a good one.....put an ad out, he was the first to apply....I couldn't have been easier. He has no HVAC experience but used to work on appliances so he has a good idea about stuff. It has only been 9 days and he has impressed everyone....

    AND ok.....what do you do in this situation....our lead installer.....does AWSOME work. He can make a damn furnace look like a work of art and run just as good as it looks. Problem is the short day thing too. Sometimes comes in 9:30 or so, then leaves at 3 or 4:00. Not all the time but a lot. We don't want to lose him but how the hell do you get a guy to change his ways, he hasn't always been like this. I have to say that he does make sure everything is done before he calls it a day though, I appreciate that...It's just annoying to hear him ***** about small checks when he works so many short days. Any ideas?

    [Edited by i_got_ideas on 04-23-2004 at 02:15 AM]

    I knew a logger who did 8 hours worth of work in only 6, every day.
    They paid him for eight and the work got done ... like clock work!

    If you found a man who does his job and checks it twice, pay him for his forty and you can laugh all the way to the bank. Cause a guy like that dont come along too often. No matter how may hours he takes. A guy who does what your installer does is a rare find indeed!
    And you should pay him in order to keep him.


    Unless of course, you want him to begin working like a lot of guys do, stretch out the job so he gets paid for his eight and maybe needs a service man to do the actual final hookups and start ups.

    Pay the man and smile.

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    sounds like his name was john

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    Originally posted by infwsdm
    Originally posted by actnowhvac
    You are a liberal and let this situation go on too long.
    Well, he told me his Grandmother died, in week two, so I had to cut him some slack.
    We've had a couple of guys whose grandmothers have died serveral times.
    Get back to work.

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    What is peice work. Can tyou explain how that works. Just very curious.

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    Originally posted by i_got_ideas

    AND ok.....what do you do in this situation....our lead installer.....does AWSOME work. He can make a damn furnace look like a work of art and run just as good as it looks. Problem is the short day thing too. Sometimes comes in 9:30 or so, then leaves at 3 or 4:00. Not all the time but a lot. We don't want to lose him but how the hell do you get a guy to change his ways, he hasn't always been like this. I have to say that he does make sure everything is done before he calls it a day though, I appreciate that...It's just annoying to hear him ***** about small checks when he works so many short days. Any ideas?

    [Edited by i_got_ideas on 04-23-2004 at 02:15 AM]
    If he is as good as you say he is,and is obviously making you money.....

    put him on salary and quit worrying about his hours
    If you dont stand behind our troops, please feel free...........to stand in front of them.

  9. #48
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    Sounds a lot like people I work (ed) with. I know one guy we just couldn't believe the company wouldn't fire. Seemed like every time the sky would be cloudy, he'd call in and say, "It looks like it's cloudin' up, I better head to the house." Same guy would cuss, rant and rave about there not being enough work. Customers would bar him from their establishments because of his language and attitude. One customer even called the shop to angrily complain that the guy was outside sleeping in his van. Still they kept him on payroll. He cost the company several accounts but he
    was never dismissed. He would cuss supervisors out in public and used off-color language around the ladies in the
    office.

    They did finally let him go when he was cussin', rantin' and raving in front of the president of a large chain store account. The guy wasn't twenty-seven though; he was in his eary sixties and had worked for years in the HVAC biz
    (maybe someone should have checked his work history a little better!).

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    i_got_ideas= tell the experienced tech you like, even admire his work,BUT-short days equal small checks(no funny-no money)

  11. #50
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    Piecework : I pay you $100.00 per house to install a system

    its up to you how many you install , if you want a decent check on friday, you will get as many done as possible

  12. #51
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    Doesn't that piecework systems work against a quality install? I know if I'm paid $100 to install something I'll be slapping in 3 or 4 a day.

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    I am suprised that you kept him for four weeks.

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