Farm management: Human resources – discipline is key

For a business to run smoothly and without unnecessary conflict, it is important to maintain discipline day by day. While busy carrying out any of his tasks – planning, organising, implementing or controlling – a manager must also pay attention to certain other management activities, such as leadership, communicating, coordinating,…

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Farm management: Human resources – good productivity reduces costs (Part 3)

The last in our human resources series looks at the link between what a worker is paid and what is expected in return. Many people think that if they pay their staff well, it’s enough to keep them happy and they will therefore work well. But it’s been shown many…

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Farm management: Human resources – communication and training

In this series we discuss 2 critically important aspects: effective communication and training. When you work with people you enter a different world from machines or any other farming system. You can, to a large extent, control or manage machines, production, harvesting, packing and even marketing. When it comes to…

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Farm management: Human resources – how to handle your people (Part 1)

All the technical knowledge in the world means nothing if you can’t work with your staff. Managing people is the most challenging area for any farm manager or owner. The mistake some smaller farmers make is to think human resource management (HRM) is only for big companies; in fact, it…

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