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Blog entry by rando1 posted 06-30-2010 02:30 PM 924 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, As I sit in my air conditioned office, I am already dreading that hot job site that awaits us!

We have moved out from the shop in the past few weeks and are on two sites that involve custom Trim work and built-ins. The problem is…IT IS HOT…and only June! The area we live in is normally very uncomfortably hot, but it has started early this year.

Currently we are working on a large home on one of the resort islands. It doesn’t have the air working as of now. What we have found best for me and the team is earlier morning starts and plenty of water on site.
Working on ladders and up and down many stairs causes much sweating! It is important in these conditions to not overwork and keep lots of Gadorade and water in your system. This is the time of year that I encourage our team to take several 5-10 min breaks to not overdue it on their bodies.
I have found over the years that this helps with keeping sharp on details and avoiding sloppy work.
Also, we keep as much breeze running through the house as possible with a couple of the big electric box fans going. A little noisy, maybe, but there is always plenty of “hot” air to go around.

In short, I don’t even mind cutting the day a little short to keep the project from suffering from fatigue mistakes.
Don’ push yourself or your team to the point of sacrificing your quality. Your health and health of your team is much more important. In the long run, this will help with your attitude and the teams attitude to each other.

Stay cool everyone!

-- Randon Riegsecker,

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Don Butler

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#1 posted 06-30-2010 02:43 PM

I can only wish I had worked for a boss like you when I was still working day jobs.
I did have a few jobs in air conditioned offices, but as a technogeek I also had to go onsite from time to time. Some of those worksites had extremes of temperature and other conditions, too.
Like long halls and lots of stairs.
However, I never had a boss encourage me to take frequent breaks or knock off early!
You’re a good boss!



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#2 posted 06-30-2010 02:50 PM

Sounds like you are a good boss! I think too many people (bosses in some capacity) treat their team as little robots that are supposed to work perfectly in every condition. Sometimes by doing less, we do more. And better.

I do this for my staff too.

I hope you all manage to stay hydrated – gatorade is good, keeps you all from falling to the floor with hypoglycaemia in addition to overheating.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#3 posted 06-30-2010 03:28 PM

yep it sounds like you are one of those bosses who always can get good workers
they most stay in line to work for you :-)

I knowing a teamboss here who only let his team work about 5 hours in the hot days
and they actuly gets more work done thane all the other teams on this big project
and they donĀ“t have to redo anything , and no enjurys in that team the last two years

gess witch team gets the most interressting jobs when they come around from time to time

take care out there

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#4 posted 06-30-2010 04:10 PM

Here is a redneck idea that helps take a plastic garbage can fill it with water and ice place the fan in front of the fan so it draws the cold air off of the can. It helps believe me. I hope your crew understands how great you are a little respect goes a long way.


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#5 posted 06-30-2010 04:32 PM

Nice to see a boss that is concerned with his workers safety and health rather then get it done fast and letting the money talk first. Keeping employees attitude at it’s best makes for higher quality of work and low employee turnovers. I’m sure your workers will go the extra mile for you knowing that you value them.

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#6 posted 06-30-2010 04:52 PM

I agree with your aproach if you have people working for you ,you have to treat them like you would wish to be treated.

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#7 posted 06-30-2010 04:56 PM

I agree the Lowcountry heat can be unbearable at times. Keep aware of the heat index!

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#8 posted 06-30-2010 05:44 PM

I’m a retired welder. I owned my own business for over 30 years here in SoCal. I found that Zee Medical’s electrolyte tablets were much better than Gatorade. I still keep 4-5 boxes in the shop. I’ve never found anything better to prevent heat exhaustion. I still take them and pass them around to family and friends. Only about $9.00 a box.
Keep cool and watch the electrolytes. Rand

PS…..I like my dry desert heat much better than the humid stuff you have to endure.

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