Our people make our farms work, and we know that employee health and welfare is critical to the success of a business.
Even though regulations and best practice can vary from country to country and region to region, we as farmers and producers should strive to make sure that we are paying people fairly and providing them with the training necessary to do their jobs safely. It can also prove to be a competitive advantage when finding and retaining great employees – which is crucial when attempting to implement a culture of continuous improvement across the entire operation. After all, even the best farmers can’t be everywhere on their farm all the time, so being able to count on employees to spot problems or opportunities, or offer up innovative ideas is a vital part of developing a sustainable business.
Agriculture is rated as a high-risk occupation when it comes to the potential for employee injuries. Safe staff who are well trained and competent in their roles look out for the welfare of themselves and others. This can be challenging when so many employees are seasonal, but better training means our employees can carry out their jobs more efficiently and effectively. They’re also more likely to spot potentially dangerous situations – for people, animals and equipment – before accidents happen, preventing injuries and lost time.