With farm recruitment underway nationwide, DairyNZ and Federated Farmers are encouraging farmers to attract the best people by offering up the best work environment.
Federated Farmers Waikato president Chris Lewis says during recruitment is an ideal time to look at staff rosters.
“The average New Zealand farm has two or three staff and one particularly common farming issue regarding work/life balance is a good roster.”
The Workplace Action Plan, launched by Federated Farmers and DairyNZ, suggests dairy farm employees on a well-designed roster should normally work no more than 50 hours/week and no more than 10 hours/day.
“It’s a simple thing but having a good roster gives employers an edge in the recruitment process if they can show potential staff what their working hours will be, because at the end of the day, we are all competing for the best people,” says Chris.
“Being able to show candidates what their weeks will look like and their days off is an advantage.”
DairyNZ developer Cam Camilleri says over 900 farms have signed up to use the recently-released Roster Builder tool.
“The Roster Builder can be customised to your farm. It takes less than five minutes to set-up a roster and it’s simple to try different rotations. Getting the best from employees and keeping them motivated is crucial – and even more so in light of the current financial pressures,” says Cam.
The Roster Builder is designed to simplify and automate the farm roster process, which is often challenging.
“Whether you have two or three staff, or three dairy sheds and 24 staff, coordinating employees and getting the best efficiency from your farm can be time-consuming without good tools. As an industry we are aiming to attract the best – so we need to compete with townie hours, while balancing an efficient farming operation and offering a rewarding career,” says Cam.
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