Find­ing the per­fect role

Work­ers are thriv­ing in ag busi­ness

Gatton Star - - NEWS - Lach­lan Mcivor lach­lan.mcivor@gat­ton­star.com.au

EVERY­BODY has a role to play.

That’s the mes­sage for this year’s Dis­abil­ity Ac­tion Week, which runs from Septem­ber 10-16.

With­cott Seedlings CEO Mike Hin­dle, who cur­rently em­ploys seven work­ers with a dis­abil­ity through the En­deav­our Foun­da­tion, has found this out first hand.

But for Mr Hin­dle, it is not just about get­ting th­ese work­ers into a role that suits them, it has al­lowed him to find many loyal and re­li­able em­ploy­ees to the ben­e­fit of his busi­ness.

He has used En­deav­our for the past four years and has had up to 30 work­ers from their stocks at one point in time.

The ma­jor­ity of them work in the hy­giene area of the busi­ness, wash­ing trays that have been re­turned from cus­tomers in or­der to get them ready for re-use in the nurs­ery.

“They’re fan­tas­tic, they’re just great guys and they re­ally love their work and they look for­ward to it ev­ery day,” Mr Hin­dle said.

“Most of the guys we have here have been there right from the get go.”

Mr Hin­dle likes to tell the story of a sit­u­a­tion that hap­pens reg­u­larly on site.

If a truck rolls in dur­ing lunch or smoko, loaded up with a new set of trays ready for clean­ing, his En­deav­our em­ploy­ees won’t check their watches to make sure they’ve used up ev­ery minute of their des­ig­nated break be­fore get­ting back to work.

In­stead, it is not un­com­mon to hear them cheer with ex­cite­ment and ea­gerly re­turn to the job at hand.

“They’re al­ways ready to go... they’re a pleasure to work with,” he said.

“Their de­meanour is one of hap­pi­ness all the time.”

Mr Hin­dle en­cour­aged other em­ploy­ers in the agri­cul­ture in­dus­try to fol­low in his foot­steps.

“They do ex­actly what you tell them to do and con­tinue to do that un­til you tell them to do some­thing dif­fer­ent,” he said.

“They’re con­sis­tent and re­li­able, which are re­ally good traits for any worker re­ally.

“To get them in­volved in that con­stant, repet­i­tive work is what they re­ally like.

“I rec­om­mend it to any em­ployer, even just to give them a chance.”

They re­ally love their work and they look for­ward to it ev­ery day.

— Mike Hin­dle

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

GOOD FIT: With­cott Seedlings CEO Mike Hin­dle (left) em­ploys fork­lift op­er­a­tor An­thony Betts (right).

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