Research reveals passion for staff management
Farmers are being proactive to ensure they remain compliant with minimum wage laws in New Zealand and still effectively manage costs on their dairy farms, a recent study has shown.
The research was carried out by Lycinda Lett, who was named the 2015 NZIPIM Emerging Rural Professional of the Year at last year’s Farmax Consultant of the Year Awards. Her report focuses on The Application of Meeting Minimum Wage Requirements on Farm.
Lett is an AgFirst farm consultant based in Morrinsville and part of her prize package for winning the award was 40 paid hours to carry out a study that could benefit New Zealand’s agriculture sector.
Lett’s research investigated how rural professionals were aiding farmers to meet minimum wage requirements, and also looked at what options are being used on farm to remain compliant with employment policy throughout the year. Her research was driven by her passion for staff and labour management on dairy farms. She believes people are the industry’s biggest asset.
‘‘We need young people to join our industry and share in what makes dairy farming truly special. So we need to keep looking after our people by managing their workload and fairly compensating them for their efforts.’’
Lett said recent enforcement of minimum wage laws has changed the way farmers manage employee time and remuneration.