Is there bullying on the family farm?

Is there bullying on the family farm?

I recently was given a list of indicators of workplace bullying that made sobering reading. These are the indicators used in many industries that assess if people are being bullied at work. Listed below are just some of them. Someone continually checking up on you or your work when it is not necessary. Having your opinions or views ignored. Being treated in a disrespectful or rude way. Being insulted or having offensive remarks made about you. Gossip and rumours being spread about you or having allegations made against you. Being humiliated or ridiculed in connection with your work. (Sincere thanks […]

Don’t Live Within Sight of the In-Laws!

“Don’t live within sight of the in-laws”. When I say that in a workshop it results in lots of laughter and some guilty looks. Yes I know some people live very close to each other on the farm yard and get on fine. In fact they find it useful to have baby sitters on hand. However I have seen the other side on frequent occasions. Living too close to the in-laws can result in divorce and serious mental health issues in my experience. I’ve met daughters-in-law who feel they are being bullied by their mother-in-law and sisters-in-law and sons who […]

Starting the Conversation

I’m very pleased that Farming Connect in Wales have published a booklet called ‘Start the Conversation’. I was happy to be part of the contribution process and I hope it will be a very helpful tool for farming families. I am often asked how to start the conversation on succession. In an ideal world it should be a regular topic of discussion as it is part of  business planning. Ideally the older generation should start this conversation. It is for them to have planned when they wish to step back and transfer responsibilities and assets. Unfortunately this is not always […]

The Myth of the Common Law Marriage plus …….

An issue for many thinking of farming succession is the Common Law Marriage. There has been a push recently here in the UK for heterosexual couples to also be allowed to have a Civil Partnership in the way it is already  available to gay couples. What’s the fuss about you may ask? Well if a heterosexual couple do not wish to get married they are not entitled to a share of the partner’s assets at death or after a relationship breaks down. The concept of the Common Law Marriage is a myth. I had a lovely time in the Emerald […]

My First Blog

Finally I’ve got around to writing a Blog. The intention is to update on things I have learned or been asked. Succession is such a wide subject and so this Blog will be an opportunity to cover things that are not always mentioned at Family Meetings or Workshops. I’ll also try and keep it light but please bear with me as I get used to doing this! I was excited to be mentioned on Radio 4’s On Your Farm a few weeks ago. The McConchie family had a meeting arranged with me some years ago through the wonderful Caroline Millar. […]

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