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"It’s a privilege, not a right, that people chose to work for us. Its our duty to serve them well."

Peter & Vicki Risi

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“It’s very much a team effort. We have a good work vibe on the farm and we’re really lucky with the people we have here.”

REGION: Waikato

SECTOR: Dairy

TEAM SIZE: 4

Waikato dairy farm owners Peter & Vicki Risi are nailing it at being good bosses, and their team approach has continued paying off despite the Covid-19 restrictions.

“Being a good boss makes perfect sense for our business and our team’s wellbeing. We milk 720 cows, employ four permanent staff, and are proud that our farm supports a good lifestyle for five families, including our own. Being a good boss means communicating well and holding on to valued staff.

The Risis say that in any business, the people you employ and work with are one of your biggest assets, so it’s important to value them because they can make or break your business. “We are very lucky to have this group of guys working for us", says Vicki.

Every morning the Risi farm team sits down to breakfast to plan the day. During the COVID-19 lockdown, breakfasts were on hold, and with them the accompanying banter – something everyone missed.

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When you’re choosing staff, think of your team and make sure new people are a good fit.

Treat people with respect.

Have good two-way communication.

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