DairyNZ’s people team leader Jane Muir says to compete with other industries for great staff, we must make it a priority to offer world-class work environments on our farms.
Farmers who invest in their businesses to attract and retain the right people people benefit from lower staff turnover. In turn, this reduces recruitment costs, stress, and downtime while new staff get up to speed with their role.
Also, when you provide good leadership for your people – looking after, rewarding and supporting them – they’ll do their jobs well and act on opportunities that benefit your business. That could mean they wash down efficiently to save water, manage pasture to maximise feed, or implement an improved irrigation model.
Moving from good to great
Recognising the key role people play in successful and resilient dairy farm businesses, Federated Farmers and DairyNZ launched the Sustainable Dairying: Workplace Action Plan just over a year ago. This supports farmers with tips, tools and resources to go from being good employers to great employers. It also sets out guidelines, expectations, and aspirational targets under five pillars of good people management:
- balanced and productive work time
- fair and competitive remuneration
- wellness, wellbeing, health and safety
- effective team culture
- rewarding careers.
As world-class milk producers, we should be aiming to provide a safe, rewarding and productive workplace, with a motivated team that’s working towards achieving shared business goals.
If each of us achieved that, we’d have no problems getting good staff. Wouldn’t that be something worth celebrating in 2017?
Become a friend of the Workplace Action Plan
Sign up and you’ll be among the first to hear about new initiatives and resources, and how we’re progressing against targets. Visit dairynz.co.nz/WAP.
Support for employees
DairyNZ has just released new online resources for farm employees. It covers practical skills and tips such as preparing a CV, finding the right job, preparing for interviews. It also offers useful information including what to expect as an employee on a New Zealand dairy farm, rights and entitlements, how to progress, setting goals, and training. Visit dairynz.co.nz/employee.
Quick and easy farm rosters
About 1500 farmers have signed up to DairyNZ’s online Roster Builder since its release one year ago. It lets you set up a simple roster in under five minutes and, with a bit more time invested, it becomes a powerful business tool for exploring different roster options and cost implications. For more info and to sign up,visit dairynz.co.nz/rosters.
This article was originally published in Inside Dairy February 2017