A reader e-mailed recently as a follow up to a Profitable Horseman newsletter about employees from the employer's view:
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 consideration.
1. 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 responsibilities.
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.
This next 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
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 position.