The way that helps me deal with stress is coming in early, usually around 5:30am, before things get crazy, turn on Jazz music on my computer, make a pot of coffee, and look at my e-mails. Next, I go over yesterdays invoices, messages and plans for all the workers jobs lined up. Usually, I get interrupted by early workers who have something to go over with me, it is not all bad. I actually have a good “small” crew since I “weeded out” the bad/toxic apples. Bigger isn’t always better. I learned this, unfortunately, by being “knocked around” trying to be a “nice guy”. The good ones appreciate this, the bad ones “walk” all over you! Nothing new, I’m sure other employers can share a lot of the same horror stories! Believe me, you cannot make this stuff up! If we shared stories, it would make an interesting book. We’ve only been in business 69 YEARS! I hope I didn’t give you more than you were hoping for.
Greetings, friends! Now that summer is upon us, let’s talk about how to stay cool. I’ll leave your actual temperature and AC system to the yard safety and equipment pros. Instead, I’m going to share with you how to keep calm in stressful situations! And since this issue of the ToolBox is dedicated to being a better partner to other yards, I figured this would be a useful topic.