DOL Hourly vs Salary in Veterinary Hospitals

Attended the Financial Boot Camp this week and was surprised to hear the Department of Labor is ramping up their field investigators from 1,200 to 1,800! There focus will be on small business employers incorrectly classifying exempt and non-exempt employees. Non-exempt employees (such as receptionists, technicians, assistants) are entitled to overtime (in Colorado, that is anything over a 12-hour work day or 40-hour work week). Be sure your team member is properly categorized as determined by the DOL.

Read the attached article in the body of the blog; DOL Ramps Up Wage and Hour Enforcement. SHRM Online Legal Issues, April 2012 Continue reading

Tips for Success

Do you want to become more successful? What does “being successful” look like to you? I imagine there are a number of various “successful” pictures. It is different for everyone. Take a few moments to write out what success looks like to you and how it will feel to reach that level of success.

You may want to increase and engage in better defined:

  1. time management
  2. organizational skills
  3.  ideas about money stewardship
  4. effectively communicating with others

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Tips for Success:

You may consider choosing a tip from this website as a topic of discussion at your team meetings. Or ask a team member to view the site, choose a topic, and present on that information. Remember, growing your team is crucial and within your working environment is the best place to begin! Mentor, encourage, and improve professionalism, self-confidence, and communication. Looks like a win/win situation to me!

Yours in Success, RR

Leading by Example: Attentive Listening

Every day you have an opportunity to lead by example. Think about these specific areas:

  • diverting gossip
  • taking the higher road
  • positively commenting on a job well done
  • offering a sincere “thank you”

These are simple things, and yet so powerful when you lead by example.

You may be a team leader, a go-getter, a person with a vision, or even hold the title of manager or doctor. How do you lead by example?

Lean in, focus and listen, intently, consciously and with the desire to improve

If you act as a leader, if you automatically choose to look at the bright side of things, see the glass as half full, and do all this with sincerity– without really even thinking of it–then you may be on the path to being a great leader. Can you see solutions and allow (or even better yet, encourage) others to come up with solutions, too? Anyone can talk about problems, day in and day out. A leader helps to identify and bring to fruition solutions!

A leader “talks the talk and walks the walk.” What does that mean to you? Continue reading

Pet Loss 10 Times more prevalent in Veterinary Medicine

Your team may never have thought of that before.”We deal with death ten times more often in veterinary medicine than in the human medicine field.” I present that concept to veterinary technician students yearly and I am always surprised by their response. Most have never considered that aspect of working with animals.

Yes, we love them, see them as a puppy/kitten/foal, help to neuter/alter them, work through behavior problems, help them survive their adolescent years, nurse them through ailments, treat them as they mature, begin senior care at 7 years (human calendar years, 49+/- pet years), manage their senior years, offer hospice care and assist with end-of-life around 10-12 (average) years of age. That’s rather fast, when you think about it. Continue reading