It’s been well researched and as managers instinctively know, motivated employees are better for business. They're more engaged, put in more effort and try harder to deliver great results.
Motivated staff are also usually happier, have a sense of job satisfaction, take pride in their work and have a positive impact on-farm. This is also true when it comes to getting employees involved in environmental matters.
Encouraging staff in sustainable practices
Matamata farmer David Gasquoine says engaged staff are an asset when it comes to looking after the environment and the animals.
“Everyone needs to be on the same page in terms of appreciating the environment, as well as animal welfare. When it comes to sustainability, we want our staff to be on board with our way of thinking. We talk to them about how we value sustainability and spell it out when we advertise for new people, so everyone who works for us is generally on the same page, otherwise this is not the place to be,” says David.
“From an operational point of view, I think it’s important to have clear guidelines for staff around how we manage environmental issues on-farm and that includes effluent ponds and wet areas. That way, everyone knows what’s expected of them,” he says.
“Every year we have an annual riparian project and we work with the regional council and our farm team to plant a wetland area. It’s great to see everyone getting a real buzz from doing it.
“As well as having an aesthetically pleasing environment to live and work in, I like to have happy, well-fed animals and to achieve production targets. These things go hand-in-hand, and our staff play an important part in our achievements.”
This article was originally published in Inside Dairy April 2017