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Employee Management Quick Tips

University of Minnesota Extension, Stearns County News    
March 13, 2019                                    
Source:        Emily Wilmes, Extension Educator-Livestock
University of Minnesota Extension 
Stearns, Benton & Morrison Counties


Employee Management Quick Tips
By Emily Wilmes, University of Minnesota Extension

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (03/13/2019) — If your farm has employees, you know that managing them well is important.  Well-managed employees are happy, more efficient workers.  In addition, they are more likely to stay and you don’t have to worry about any bad PR coming from them related to your farm and management.  How can you be a good employer and an even better manager?  Here are some quick tips for employee management:

  • It all starts with their first day on the job.  Provide thorough, adequate training for employees in the areas they will be working in.  Also, give them a general overview of the farm so they can see how everything works together, and feel better prepared if you ask them to help in a different area when in a jam.  
  • Training doesn’t end on the first day.  Schedule regular meetings with your employees to review standard operating procedures, any changes in protocol, and seek out any issues or questions your employees may have.
  • Have posters and/or books of standard operating procedures posted or readily available.  If need be, have these items printed in both English and Spanish.  Seeing a reminder of what is expected everyday will help keep employees on task and performing to your standards.
  • Be approachable.  Remind your employees that they can come to you at any time with questions or concerns.  When you see employees throughout the day, ask them how they are doing and if they have any questions about their duties.
  • Make your goals clear.  The goals you have for your farm should also be your employees’ goals for your farm.  Keeping them in the loop and even asking their opinion will make them more invested and interested in the farm’s success.  
  • Give credit where credit is due.  Many of the operations I have seen with outstanding employee management do an excellent job of commending their employees on a job well done.  Some common reward methods include bonuses, free meals, or verbal recognition.  This ties into keeping them invested and interested in the success of the farm.  If they all share in the success, they will likely be more willing to keep it up.