Jul 28, 2017
Being successful with employees on the farm isn't an accident.
In this episode Dean covers four key pieces of the Employee Game
Plan to improve the farm leader's decision-making around their
4 KEY ELEMENTS to keep in mind for building and maintaining a
good employee strategy on the farm:
- NEED - Evaluating current and future needs of the farm for
labor as well as capabilities. Balancing the needs of the farm now
and in years to come with a possible labor shortage and finding
people to grow with the enterprise.
- FIT - Finding the type of person you'd like to have on your
team. Identifying the attitudes, values, competencies and other
factors that would fit the candidate for each role. "What you can
expect out of a person in the role."
- LEADERSHIP - Evaluation of self and the farm's capacity for
leadership. Looking at employees as an opportunity for teamwork and
leadership development vs. employees as a burden. The anxiety and
attitudes of a leader impacts employee behavior and the workplace
- OUR MARKET - What is the regional hiring and employment pool
environment honestly like? Who's out there? What competencies and
skills do they offer? What are compensation norms for the area?
Don't get stuck in "If I just..." mentality. Turn geographical
challenges into a competitive advantage.