Processes and procedures should be in place for any business and dairy farming is no different.
Good on-farm processes allow you to operate to your full ability and help you feel more engaged resulting in you better understanding your role.
What processes should be in place on farm?
You are legally obliged to complete a timesheet.
Timesheets can help you see how efficient you are as well as being a good record of hours worked.
Meetings allow everyone to get the same messages and provide you a chance to voice your opinion.
Tasks can be allocated, problems or challenges discussed and it’s a great time to bring up any health and safety issues you’ve seen around the farm.
Check out our People Productivity Kit.
Rosters, holidays and leave
Do you know the process for asking for time off?
Some farms have these processes written down while others may have more informal systems for recording these.
Ask your manager:
- The required notice period for leave
- How to inform them if you are feeling sick
- How to change your rostered days off if you have other commitments and how much notice your manager needs.
More about holiday and different kinds of leave.
It’s important to understand what your employer expects of you.
Performance reviews are about helping and giving you a chance to receive (and give) feedback to your manager. Performance review time is a great opportunity to discuss any training you would like and your career objectives.
Check out the managing performance templates in our People Productivity Kit.
Induction and training
When starting a new role there is a lot to learn.
Most farms will give you time to learn the ropes and some managers will take you aside to learn more about you, where you want to develop your skills and ask what training you might want.
Health and safety
It is everyone’s responsibility to look out for each other and ensure everyone gets home safe each day.
That’s what having a health and safety policy is for and you have an active role to play in implementing it.
As an employee, ensure you:
- Record any accidents or near misses. Find out from your manager how this is done.
- Are aware of the hazards around where you work on the farm and find out what you can do to minimise them.
- Actively participate in health and safety discussions. You will identify hazards in your work and for those to be managed, they need to be discussed.
Check with your manager about how your farm records hazards, accidents and near misses. It’s everyone’s responsibility.
For more information check out WorkSafe.
General farm policies
Each farm will focus on different priorities and aspects of the farm system.
You may find a number of policies are specific to the farm you work on and not found elsewhere.