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Eight steps for your HR strategy

Eight steps for your HR strategy

The labour gap in Canadian agriculture continues to widen and is expected to double by 2025. That’s prompting more farm businesses to focus on recruiting and retaining employees. At the same time, with employment standards constantly changing, and with considerations such as health and safety and workers compensation to think about, some farms are beginning[...]
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Five ways to avoid payroll fines

Five ways to avoid payroll fines

Just hired your first employee? Don’t get stuck paying fines for filing errors

Have you recently hired an employee for your farm? Are you doing your own payroll and bookkeeping? If so, I’m offering you an opportunity to learn from my mistakes. There is a lot of information available about conducting job interviews, creating job descriptions and deciding how much to pay employees. However, it’s hard to find[...]
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We’re hiring… five steps to get it right

Eighty per cent of employee turnover in the first year is the result of hiring and interviewing errors that in the long run can end up costing you a lot more than a departed employee’s annual salary. The most obvious cost is the time and money spent recruiting replacements. Then there’s the negative effect high[...]
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Which insect best describes you?

There are four basic types of people; the Dragonfly, the Butterfly, the Ant and the Bumblebee

Many years ago I attended the TEPAP School in Texas. That stands for “The Executive Program for Agricultural Producers.” It was a great school and I learned a lot. One thing that really shocked me when I took it was that during the entire week of class, not one topic was related to production practices. It was[...]
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Sharpen your human resource skills

Part 2: Performance management

I hear you saying, “Why can’t people just do what they are supposed to do?” Ah yes, the frustration of performance management (PM). As the manager and the human resource professional for your operation, you need to manage people’s performance. PM is an ongoing process (not a yearly event called performance review) and requires communication,[...]
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Sharpen your human resource skills

Part 1: Create a plan

Human resources management is imperative to a successful cattle operation. You manage crops, livestock, machinery, money and land, but you also manage people. You’re a human resource (HR) manager, whether you like it or not. And as an HR manager, you have to ask yourself, are you managing this resource by default or design? Here[...]
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