Role of the Employer/Employee

This post I have put out there more for discussion from employers and employees. Or are you thinking of becoming one and wondered…..

I worked for a salon very early on in my career but I have been a sole trader and worked mostly alone in my mobile grooming business ever since.

Do employers in Salons allow 1 hour lunch breaks for groomers or is it just have a break between dogs? Do they stop for morning and afternoon tea or just a break between dogs? Please comment below I’m curious.

Do employers expect groomers to look after themselves and eat properly? I know they aren’t their mums and dads but if a Salon owner wants to remain productive with healthy and happy groomers would they not benefit if they did? please comment below.

Would a bowl of fruit, protein shakes, protein bars, bag of almonds, bottles of water be  reasonable options available in the tearoom for groomers? even if there was a gold coin donation towards it?

I watched recently a program that highlighted the role of the Shearers Cook on the sheep stations in Australia. The workers stop every 2 hours for food. Breakfast is a full hot menu, morning smoko is small hot snacks, lunch full hot menu, afternoon smoko sandwiches and a roast for dinner. Theres a huge difference between the work environments of a Shearing Shed and a Grooming Salon but the expectation for fueling the body is the same. I am not saying that a Grooming Salon owner should provide meals (I know that the meals of a shearing team are included in their wages) but if something was readily available would it help groomers and prevent them burning out?  I once saw a photo of the back room of a Salon which had gym equipment in it, what an awesome idea!

Would love to know what you all think



  1. If I had a grooming salon I would supply meals and snacks as I know me on the road I don’t get a break to eat some times and to hot in car to keep food. My van is nearly up and running and once it is there will be supply of food in a mini fridge for my employee and my self as we are pumping 13 dogs a day and my energy levels are low.

    • thank you for your input Rhian, its fantastic that you will run your mobile business with a healthy commitment to both your employee and your clients, I wish you well. Feel free to contact me either here or PM if theres anything I can assist you with. S

  2. Well fuelled and relaxed staff make for better preductivety and and a happy working environment.
    I/we always stop for morning and afternoon tea with snacks (healthy) supplied.
    Breaks are great to breathe and refocus or just chill and chat.
    Every employer should be enforcing this along with a 45/1hr lunch break.
    And it’s supposed to be in an allocated tea/lunch room.

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