Aug 26, 2022

Help us to help You

What’s allowed you the time to have a read over my article this month?

I really struggle to read all the newsletters that come into my inbox. I know this is really aging to admit, but my hubby subscribes to the local newspaper the Bay of Plenty Times.

At some stage in the evening I will sit down and read the newspaper before throwing it into the recycling. Starting from the back. I'll read the death notices, glance at my horoscope (I’m convinced, sometimes scarily written just for me), check the USD rate, make sure there isn’t any recipe that I could justify keeping that page for and that’s it.

The actual news I catchup with online. Is it just me or is it so repetitive and never makes you feel any happiness?. Weather, war, woke-economics and whingers for the most part.

While there’s lots of exciting projects going on in our industry, everything is hard these days, so damn hard. People are tired, the endless burdens of not enough great people who want to do a great job!

So how can we help you? How can you help us to help you? When I ask myself that question from your perspective, it all comes down to communication. Your suppliers in the horticulture industry really are your partners and allies. It feels like we are becoming a smaller group. We’re working together like mates. Mates look after each other, go out of their way to help each other and would never be untruthful or leave them in the lurch.

Nothing says things are going to get easier in the next 12 months, some of my industry mates have already left and others are lining up their next moves. That’s okay, we’ve got to do what’s best for ourselves in the long run. Easy to get impulsive and irrational when you’ve got nothing left in your tank, but reality is most people need some type of income. Maybe the most important bank is the annual leave one? Taking a break helps re-focus, reprioritise, and get realistic!

I can’t fix the challenges facing the wider industry but I can be your mate and look out for you.

Take care out there.

This post was written by

Jo Mackie

Jo has a solid Sales and Operational background and is the Account Manager for Tags & Labels at Jenkins Freshpac Systems. Whatever her customers need, she’ll make it happen.