Category Archives: Relationships
Words of Advice from the founder of Equimax:
“It just seems to me that all these people that want jobs in the horse industry are a bunch of gypsies”
I hear statements like this about bad experiences with employees almost every day… I have listened to the complaints of both job seekers and job providers. One thing [...]
It is quite common for employees to disagree with their boss about how the horses are treated. There is a fundamental conflict of interest between running a horse business and the ideal treatment of horses. When money and competition are mixed with horses, the horses end up giving up [...]
A few months ago I published a proposed Code of Conduct for Equine Employers. Now it’s the employee’s turn. Here is a code for Horse Industry Employees to follow:
1. Always think about what you can “do for” an employer first and what you “want from” an employer afterwords.
2. Always remember where the buck stops. [...]
In the horse industry it doesn’t matter if you are a boss or an employee, some subjects are just awkward to talk about. Requests for pay raises, criticism about work performance, talk about improving working conditions, suggestions for improving the business, time off, and many other topics can be tricky [...]
The horse industry is a difficult place to run a profitable business. Here are some things that may keep your boss up at night:
1. Customers may not buy because of the economy.
2. Expenses may increase to the point that prices may have to go up, and customers may leave.
3. Employees may turn out to [...]
Employee morale affects most every part of your horse business from customer satisfaction, to quality of work, to public relations, to employee turnover, to your bottom line. Fortunately, equine employee morale can be quantified and improved, sometimes with very little effort.
There are four stages of morale in equine employees: good [...]
Did you know the the majority of people don’t know how other people see them! As a natural result of being born and living in this world we develop a personality. To develop our personality, we reject and suppress some attributes and behaviors that are not helpful in getting [...]
Knowing when to choose your battles wisely is as important in the horse industry as in any walk of life. Shooting your mouth off at the wrong time can do lots of damage that can’t be undone. Here are some tips to remember.
1. Remember that you will have a tendency [...]
Here are some often missed conflicts of interest that could get you in trouble with your boss.
1. Do you breed or train horses? If you have breeding stock of your own, or you compete in the same type of competition your farm competes in, you have a conflict of interest. Decisions will have [...]