Horse Industry Employers – Who Cares?

It just makes sense.

It just makes sense.

As an employee in the horse industry, what kind of attention and care should you expect from your employer?   People come in all shapes and sizes and so do equine employers.   Some are all business and others care deeply about people.   So, there should be no automatic assumption that your employer will care about you, your problems, and your future.

As a horse industry professional, you are providing a service to your employer.   Your employer will care about the quality and reliability of the service you provide.   Beyond that, everything else is icing on the cake.   As an adult, you are responsible for handling anything that happens on or off the job which impacts your personal life.   If your car breaks down on your way home, your pet dog has to go to the vet, or you need a dentist appointment, dealing with the situation is up to you.   Don’t expect sympathy, assistance, or accommodation from your boss.   If you get it, that’s icing on the cake.   No boss should be expected to take on your personal problems.

If you do get help from your boss, profuse thanks is appropriate, because they have gone out of their way to help.   Your boss is not your parent.   Your boss has plenty of things to worry about without bending over backwards to help you.   If you have a good relationship with your coworkers, you might get some help from them, but don’t expect it from your boss.

If you’re sick, don’t expect a sympathy call from your boss.   You may get one, but don’t expect it.   If you have financial difficulties, don’t expect your boss to give you a raise.   You might get one, but don’t expect it. Your career is not about you!   You are about providing a professional service even if you are in an entry level position.

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