Re­search re­veals pas­sion for staff man­age­ment

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About -

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.

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