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Staffing Solutions for Primary Industries

Author: Murray King

Organisation: Nuffield New Zealand Farming Scholarships

Published: 2003

Country: New Zealand

Research type: Report, Qualitative.

Agribusiness has to adopt a professional approach to Human Resource management. As employers we must upgrade our skills and be seen as employers of choice for an ever decreasing talent pool, rather than last resort.

There are only three essential elements that we need to get right; Recruit, Motivate and Retain.  Recruitment is the only time we can truly influence the outcome, if in doubt, don’t hire. Recognition and achievement are real motivators and remember to say thanks. People will stay with the business if they think they own it, devolve responsibility but maintain accountability.

Best practice in employment can be summed up as:

  • Full and honest communication with employees about each individuals performance and about the companies prospects,
  • Involve employees in developing the business and invest in growing their skills.
  • Treat employees fairly and with respect

Leadership in farming requires more than just being technically sound. Leaders of people require an understanding of self combined with a positive and disciplined approach.

As employers we have very real competition for competent skilled staff and must walk the talk to attract and retain sufficiently skilled and motivated employees.  If we want a good reputation then we have to do a good job.