Managing rural staff changes
The 2017 year is well underway, many employees and employers have already secured new roles for the 2017/18 season.
Managing staff is an ongoing process and means always keeping on top of the changes.
However, there are the core facets of employing staff that stay the same, despite the changes. These are:
You need to have employment agreements for every employee.
Good orientation plans are essential and should also be a part of your health and safety policies and plans.
Your health and safety policies need reviewing and maintaining.
You need to maintain detailed and accurate employment records, including timesheets, leave records, training, health and safety.
You should be carrying out property inspections.
Work with contractors to renew health and safety obligations and sign ins for farm access.
The key to building good and successful teams is being consistent. As any sports coach will tell you – get the basics right, do them well, and do them often.
The minimum wage also increases to $15.75 on April 1.
That means change for some and is a reminder to keep an eye on staff timesheets and hourly wages.
If you need help with any aspect of employment relationships on farm then feel free to give me a call.