A reader e-mailed recently as a follow up to a Profitable
Horseman newsletter about employees from the employer's view:
Have really enjoyed your newsletter and have been getting it for a couple of
years. Now, will you write one from the employee's view. How to
treat people you hire. We see so much from the employers end, now, lets
see an article from the employee's view.
I know you're
busy all of the time and that's why I'm writing you this note instead of trying
to get you to slow down to tell you in person.
First, I just
want to tell you I like my job and the people I work with.
And the reason I'm writing is because I'd like to keep working for you. But, in
view of the way things are changing, here are three points I offer for your
I feel my wages are fair and in the range of the "going rate". You
may be surprised, but your appreciation for the work I do is more
important than my paycheck. I don't need lavish praise, just an
occasional acknowledgment for getting the job done on time, working late
without complaining and being a good team member.
Because I'm committed to the success of the business, I do spend time thinking
about how we can do things better and in less time. When you let me in
on things going on in the business and planning for future events, it helps
me prepare for change. I feel more in control of my job responsibilities
when I know in advance. Notice about things like horse shows and clinics
at the farm as well as your travel schedule help me be ready to cover added
I know employees are supposed to leave personal problems at home, but no matter
how hard I try, I think about home at work, just as I think about work at
home. Sometimes I need some help with personal problems and as you
are experienced in life and are a leader, your opinion and advice is important
to me. Once in a while, I need some outside advice and value your
opinion; please remember most people aren't as independent or skilled at
decision making as you are.
sentence may be hard for you to believe. But, from an employee's
perspective, a job is not all about the money. If money was the
top goal for employees, we'd probably all be running our own businesses.
Don't get me
wrong. I want to earn a fair wage, but the three things I mentioned above are
more important to me and most other employees than earning top dollar for my
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