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Hire, Train and Retain

By: Amanda Richmond, Farm Business Management Specialist, Kindersley

Do you have enough staff to get through the growing season? Having trouble recruiting and retaining qualified employees? Taking the time to develop a human resource management plan will help manage these issues.

A human resource management plan will outline the needs, skills and experience required to operate your farm business.  A human resource plan will determine the proper staffing requirements, to prevent being over or under staffed at any time throughout the year.  Part of the human resource plan will be to develop a recruitment and retention plan.  This plan will identify a strategy to attract skilled and motivated employees, retain them and should outline training and development requirements. 

Inadequate hiring decisions reduce productivity, motivation and morale while increasing costly turnover. In addition, poor hiring practices can put you at risk for expensive discrimination and human rights claims. A human resource management plan will ensure that regulations such as labour standards, occupational health and safety and payroll are being followed.

Human resource policies need to be developed and communicated to all employees.  Policies will communicate business goals and values, as well as expectations to employees.  Human resource policies will provide a guide for management on fair management practices.  The policies should cover areas such as monitoring and evaluating job performance, when and how to deliver discipline and when and how to terminate or promote an employee.

A compensation and benefits plan is part of the human resource management strategy.  The compensation plan needs to outline the minimum legal requirements.  A benefits plan is optional but is a great tool to have to recruit, retain and motivate employees.

A human resource management plan benefits both the employer and the employee. The employer is able to recruit and retain qualified employees. Through the human resource management plan employers can communicate their expectations to their employees. Employees are aware of their expectations and can identify what training will be made available to them. Employees will also be aware of the employers’ management practices.

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