“Right from the start, explain the what and the how - but also the why! Be open to, or even better invite, suggestions. This keeps people engaged, makes them think about processes and how to improve them. It also means they can teach and keep each other in check. I've missed this sorely on quite a few farms. "Go and do as you're told, no matter what" mentality is right at the centre of low staff retention.”
Include positive feedback into your strategy. Spending quality time with your employees and providing continual feedback is good leadership and is as important as people processes and systems. Positive feedback is the most effective way to motivate your staff.
Consider it a personal challenge to give positive feedback to each member of your staff at least once a week.
Practicing communication restraint is just as important on the opposite end of the spectrum. When you need to “correct” a staff member you have the tools to do it in a calm, constructive way.
Next, be sure to train well. Recognise that as manager, you know more than
your team so don’t assume they can read what’s in your mind. They don’t know if you don’t tell them. Be patient. Be thorough.
Finally, it is necessary to harness your team’s capability and enthusiasm to solve problems and meet targets. Listen to their ideas.Set time in team meetings for ideas to be shared. Develop a standard agenda and get off to the right start.
Allocate actions on the whiteboard and follow up on progress next meeting.
Remember every hour spent planning saves at least two hours of doing.
Positive Feedback Tips:
Describe what was good – specifically the behaviour
Say why it was important -- What difference it made on the farm or to the team?
Say what it means for you personally -- why you value it and want more.
Team building and social activities are a great way to kick off the year to build comaraderie, learn communication styles, establish trust, and share a few laughs.
Don't stop at the beginning -- plan multiple throughout the year!
“Even just having a BBQ together to see the person behind the worker and find out what is going on in their private life... it's shocking how little some teams know about each other.” Millennium Farming Facebook Follower