You set the precedent day 1 with every sub and every hand, and so do they. My MEPs are very professional, prompt and do what they say they are going to do. I dont need to explain any rules to them, they already do those things in their own business. We work together, and they set that precedent with me by doing the above. I answer questions, take care of carpentry they need done or make sure one of my carpenters is there. Thats about it.
Drywall, paint, tile not so much. I sub about 90% of our paint and drywall, just have one painter on payroll. The drywall sub is very good, but his crew needs some enforcement at times. Had one dude roll up with a shirt about jacked up trucks and tatooed bitches. He got sent to the house to get a new shirt. Had several other instances like this with various trades. I dont care who it is, its my project, my rules and I am not shy about that. I fired my best friend who had worked for me for sometime without much hesitation.
The work, its quality and professionalism is the most important thing to me. Seems to work, we stay busy with good paying work.
Tattoos aren't a big deal to me, as long as they arent offensive. Ive only told one sub to cover his arms, and he did. One of my best hands has two tats that show, a Texas tat on his calf and a cross on his arm. I havent heard any complaints.
Cigarettes? I put a can with sand in it. Thats shere they smoke. I find butts I find who smokes the brand and they clean the jobsite to my satisfaction or they kick rocks, sub or hand. It doesnt happen. My leads are as big a dick as I am about it because thats their job. Just have some class and feild strip or put it in the can.
Alcohol or signs of alcohol or drugs on the job, immediate termination.
Clean up after yourself.
Never spit tobacco on my deck or slab.