Enough is Enough: Black Friday Hours Bad for Business

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Shoppers are ready with bags in hand ready to jump the sales on Black Friday…or is it Thursday?

The line has become a bit hazy as more and more department stores push the limit as far as how early they will be opening their doors.

This year, stores like Macy’s and JCPenney are opening at 5 and 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

To quote a famous movie, “If you build it, they will come”, and I’m sure if the doors are opened…they will come.

But when is it enough?

As small business owners, landscapers have to face that question every day – when is it enough?

There are some “mow and blow” landscapers out there who will do anything to get that last client and that last dollar. But is there a line?

There is no doubt Macy’s and JCPenney will make a great deal of money from this year’s Black Friday/Thursday sale, but is it worth it to make your employees work on a family-based holiday?

Some of the best landscapers in the country put their employees first – even before themselves, and it makes a huge difference.

Through employee appreciation days, plenty of planned and unplanned time off and good pay keeps employees around.

Business is business and enough is enough. When will the line be drawn?

Putting materials and dollars before employees, family and memories just seems wrong.

In the end, yes, that percentage could be a little higher and that bank account could be a little larger, but what’s the cost?

To me, jeopardizing your employees’ time and dedication is not worth it for any amount of money at the end of the day. 

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