Productive farms must work together as a team. Each employee plays a role on the team, whether it’s to operate heavy equipment or manage finances from behind a desk. The team should be built on a solid foundation of communication, trust and accountability. The question is: How can a group of employees create and sustain this type of bond?
When there doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to run the business, troubleshoot challenges, and keep staff abreast on policies, rest assured that there are tools available to help.
Technology changes with the seasons, making it a challenge to stay current. While it takes time and energy to utilize the newest resources, it ultimately improves efficiency and communication among the staff. Imagine having a snapshot of productivity at the end of each day. Everyone would be on the same page, ready to hit the ground running the next morning.
Research shows that effective team communication generates highly engaged employees which improves retention and productivity, leading to quantifiable financial returns.
Steps to Improving Communication
Clear and real-time communication is what will keep a team productive. Regardless the size of the team, there are technological solutions available, from team messaging to field tracking devices. How often has a phone call come in while the operator is driving a piece of equipment? There is no pen, and it’s dangerous to stop and take notes.
Here are some ways to help:
Are you unsure about adding more technology to your operation? Stick to the tried-and-true team building activities that organization were first built on. Don’t let obstacles, such as time restraints, get in the way.
While opportunities to host weekend retreats or after-hour events may be limited, make it a priority to fit team-building activities in a regular workday. They can also help employees work better as a team instead of individually and help them adapt to change or simply boost morale.
(Note: The software mentioned in this article are not endorsed by AgHires)
Written by: Lori Culler, AgHires Founder/Owner
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Lori Culler (Lennard), founder and owner of AgHires, grew up in and around the Agricultural Industry on her families 3rd generation potato, tomato and grain operation in Southeast Michigan and Northern Indiana.