Working for a landscaping company is not easy work.
All of us here are a team and we require the effort of every coworker to get our jobs done and finished on time every single day, otherwise we lose money from late payments.
A client isn’t going to pay us early if we take an extra day to get all of the contracted work completed. This is in the hottest weather imaginable when it’s the middle of July or August, praying it’s not also a day of intense thunderstorms and rain showers. The inclement weather stops us dead in our tracks with our clients. If it’s pouring to the point where we can’t use our gas or electric equipment, or there’s so much lightning that we could get struck and killed, you can’t do anything about it. This isn’t work that’s suitable for everyone, especially those who are faint at heart with manual labor and intense outdoor heat. I have a coworker who probably won’t last until the end of the year, and that’s being liberal with my estimate. He drinks sometimes before coming in for his shift, leaving him sloppy and unbalanced on a ladder of all things. Recently he’s been smoking weed in his car and showing up for work with red eyes and slurred speech. I’m sure there are some jobs out there that can be suitably done while consuming cannabis, but landscaping work is not among those examples. He’s a detriment to the entire team when he shows up for work so high that he can’t do basic tasks that we all must do to pull our expected weight here. It’s a group effort and the chain is only as strong as its weakest link.