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Post by milspec6 on Wed Sep 23, 2015 3:27 pm

I had one of my on-call employees tell me that he no longer had the time to work due to a return to school, but he knew of someone that could use the money and would like to replace him.

This guy was a good worker for me over the last 2 years. He was always an asset until a divorce 4 months ago nearly had him leaping off of a tall bridge. He was a mess from that day onward.

I bought the guy a steak dinner and wished him luck returning to college and told him that he could send over this new helper the following night (that was last Monday) and I would put him to work on a trial basis.

This person did a good job, learned quickly, and was easy to work with. The problem is that this person is actually the ex-wife of my former employee. Shocked

I spent most of the night trying to be careful what I said and wondering how the heck this was going to work? In my experience, divorce meant "I have no desire to ever speak to you again" kind of thing....I sure wouldn't have tried to help find her employment with my former employer.

She is scheduled to work again tomorrow night, but I am still not certain about this situation. Nice gal, attractive too, but something tells me that I am going to slip up and say the wrong thing......awkward.

I guess divorce means something different these days.
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Re: New employee trouble

Post by ACpower1 on Wed Sep 23, 2015 4:27 pm

if shes attractive thats a big plus lol

its been proven time and time again people are much quicker to buy things from hot women.


I saw it many times over the years with my ex girlfriends bar she owns, they get a new employee.. hot girl the bar is slammed every night she works.. that girls moves on

they bring on a new employee, great bartender but older and not so hot... bar is slow and mediocre traffic coming through.


if your doing residential it could honestly be a good thing because its not just men that like being around attractive women
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Re: New employee trouble

Post by Mo on Wed Sep 23, 2015 4:47 pm

Thats is kind of weird. Just keep it professional and you'll be fine. Hopefully there's no drama with those two down the road. You may have both of them on your crew next year Very Happy
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Post by Davey Cracker on Wed Sep 23, 2015 5:12 pm

@ACpower1 wrote:if shes attractive thats a big plus lol

its been proven time and time again people are much quicker to buy things from hot women.  


I saw it many times over the years with my ex girlfriends bar she owns,      they get a new employee..   hot girl the bar is slammed every night she works..    that girls moves on

they bring on a new employee,   great bartender but older and not so hot...    bar is slow and mediocre traffic coming through.  


if your doing residential it could honestly be a good thing because its not just men that like being around attractive women

Sex Sells!.......maybe it's what some guys need that are here. laughing

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Post by milspec6 on Wed Sep 23, 2015 5:50 pm

It would certainly boost sales....I'm just concerned about the drama part.

Sex might sell, but it also costs.
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Re: New employee trouble

Post by Devon07 on Wed Sep 23, 2015 5:57 pm

Be upfront NOW...dont wait and dont ask about personal life crap....tell her you have no desire for any drama or problems and if the show up....you will quickly ditch them...(her) she will understand or not.....either way you told her.

With any luck she will step up and help you get things going.

Good luck

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Re: New employee trouble

Post by dp1 on Wed Sep 23, 2015 10:03 pm

That's right ! Women makes a great technician / helper, I've had one a few years ago, my wife, I can't believe how much she up sell scotchgards and pet treatments.

However I agree with you about the drama part especially during her period, or a week prior to that Firing Cat
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Re: New employee trouble

Post by Davey Cracker on Wed Sep 23, 2015 10:32 pm

......Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run
There's still time to change the road you're on......


I might have been listening to too much Zep, before that post.

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Re: New employee trouble

Post by ACpower1 on Thu Sep 24, 2015 12:46 am

@Davey Cracker wrote:
@ACpower1 wrote:if shes attractive thats a big plus lol

its been proven time and time again people are much quicker to buy things from hot women.  


I saw it many times over the years with my ex girlfriends bar she owns,      they get a new employee..   hot girl the bar is slammed every night she works..    that girls moves on

they bring on a new employee,   great bartender but older and not so hot...    bar is slow and mediocre traffic coming through.  


if your doing residential it could honestly be a good thing because its not just men that like being around attractive women

Sex Sells!.......maybe it's what some guys need that are here. laughing

would make a lot of sense and explain the moodyness LOL
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Post by Freemind1 on Thu Sep 24, 2015 7:30 am

@Devon07 wrote:Be upfront NOW...dont wait and dont ask about personal life crap....tell her you have no desire for any drama or problems and if the show up....you will quickly ditch them...(her) she will understand or not.....either way you told her.

With any luck she will step up and help you get things going.

Good luck

THIS^^

There is no sense in not setting your expectations of her from the start. I think it's great that a woman wants to do the work you have to offer. I also think this could be something very positive for you and your company, provided you set the expectations of her right from the get go.

I'm sure this situation is uncomfortable for you, but better to get it out of the way NOW. You'll waste less of your time if you do it now, and probably will avoid a lot of headaches later.

Good luck.

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Re: New employee trouble

Post by Matt; My carpet cleaner on Thu Sep 24, 2015 3:19 pm

@Devon07 wrote:Be upfront NOW...dont wait and dont ask about personal life crap....tell her you have no desire for any drama or problems and if the show up....you will quickly ditch them...(her) she will understand or not.....either way you told her.

With any luck she will step up and help you get things going.

Good luck
And just downsize her hours so she'll end up leaving.
Great tip from my brother, on how to get fid of problem employees.

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