Your farm needs to hire someone right now!
If this sounds familiar, it’s time to rethink your recruitment strategy. Recruitment and hiring have become major obstacles in the agriculture today. Many farmers from the older generations are retiring, and the younger generations are looking toward other industries. As a result, it is important to start thinking of new ways to attract the right applicants for the jobs you need done.
Training is key.
It’s important to know that younger members of the workforce may not have the same farming experience and skill set that people in your generation grew up with. That means that training new employees will be KEY when looking into the future. Think about the type of people you want to attract. Consider what types of things they might be interested in, how they tend to communicate, and the kinds of places they go. This will help you find the best places to post the open position to target the applicants you’re looking for.
How can you make the hiring process easier? We recommend starting the recruiting process at least 90 days before you need to fill a farm laborer position. The higher up the ladder the position is, the more lead time you will need to allow for hiring.
Use multiple channels.
In addition to the ever-popular social media and online recruiting strategies we see quite often, there are also a vast array of other strategies that we suggest in order to create a talent pool for your farming operation. Some those strategies include
- Utilizing your local workforce development office
- Talking to someone at your local Farm Bureau office
- Networking through local clubs, peer groups, or other organizations
- Employee referrals
- Attending a local job fair at the high school or community college
Take time to find the right fit.
Remember, it’s not about how quickly you can fill the job; it’s about finding the right person to do the job. Sometimes, that person will need training to fit the bill. Hiring the wrong person can negatively impact your culture, cost you money, decrease productivity, and cost you customers—or worse, other employees. Think about those things before making your next hire. Is the prospective employee really the right fit for your farm?
If you would like support with operating and managing your family farm, FamilyFarms Group is here to help. We offer training to help your operation stay competitive in the ever-changing ag industry as well as networking opportunities to help reduce costs and increase revenues.