Make hay when the sun is shining

It seems like for as long as I can remember, I had frequently heard and quickly came to understand the meaning of the phrase, "make hay when the sun is shining." But then something happened this week that caught me by surprise. One of our younger team members said they'd never heard this phrase.

We had some weather move in. This weather brought heavy rains. The rains in turn shut us down and kept us off some of the job sites. Many times, a rain day is welcomed. Rain days provide us time for rest from the physical nature of what we do. Other times rain days are hoped for so that we can catch up on maintenance or repairs. Things like greasing equipment, changing oil, swapping tires, checking lugs or sharpening blades would fall under that category.

Some of the time, rain days breed creativity. We will catch up on work around the website or other social media outlets we have under the tag of @twincreekspc.  We are able to make small improvements that make life easier while in the field by fabricating a bracket or hanger for a tool on the backside of a truck.

Occasionally, rain days fall in line and with project flow and allow our landscape teams to manage logistics and materials that are coming up for a job. The fact is, all of these things are important and a rainy day here and there is a blessing.

I feel burdened as an employer to be consistent for my team though. So much of our culture is scheduled and rigid. The weather isn't. It can be tough in our industry. We have a great team. They are here when both our customers and company needs them. Sacrificing a bit on some rain days with what some might call "busy" work is really a small price to pay in the long run.

Leveraging the time and skillset of our staff during a rainy period is what allows us to "make hay when the sun is shining." So what does it mean to make hay when the sun is shining? Just that, make hay. To make hay, all the small things need to be done: fuel in the tractor, change the tire, put air in the tire, tighten a loose bolt, mount an 3 pt attachment, grease the equipment or sharpen the blades. If we don't take care of things when we can or should, we won't be able to make hay when the sun is shining. In fact, we end up wasting away a good day on things that we should have done during crummy conditions. Maybe this helps explain the phrase a bit. If not, flag down the next old farmer you see riding a tractor down a street for a parade.

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