It’s people who make agriculture. It’s the individuals, families and communities involved in farming that make it tick. So often our focus is on the weather, the environment, machinery, technology and the science of producing food. The people side of farming remains hidden in the shadows.
This book deals with people and how they manage the complex world of agriculture: the finances; the global trends; the markets; human relationships; the social and political challenges. Technology can only take us so far in grappling with all this. How partnerships can be developed between people is a focus for this book.
This is not just another book on Human Resources and how to get more out of your employees. It challenges you to think differently about all the people working in the farm business and what type of workplace they work in. And asks the question; how can the ethos and culture of the business be improved to better meet the needs of the employer and employee alike?
Table of contents
Chapter 1: Four principles to work by
Chapter 2: Building sound and productive working relationships
Chapter 3: Attracting and engaging people
Chapter 4: Analyse your business from a people perspective
Chapter 5: Negotiating working arrangements
Chapter 6: Creating and implementing policies and procedures
Chapter 7: Building business succession plans
Chapter 8: Developing a plan for the people on the Farm – putting it all together
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