Why Great Leaders Listen and Why It’s So Important

Active listening is one of the most valuable traits of an effective leader. It involves paying attention to what someone says and what they do not say. Focusing on body language and other nonverbal cues provides insight into a person’s emotional state. This sets a foundation for which topics to engage in or avoid. Discover… Read more »

Are Your Employees Following OSHA Regulations?

The safety of your employees is undoubtedly a top priority. The ag industry carries with it more dangers than many other sectors. As a result, extra precautions must be taken to ensure all employees are following OSHA regulations. Follow these tips to make sure that your safety program is effective and being observed as instructed.… Read more »

4 Tips to Speed Up the Recruitment Process

Recruiting is an expensive and time-consuming process. A streamlined recruitment process is not only crucial for saving time and money on the hiring process but for ensuring you snag the best ag candidates. Top talent never stays on the market long. There’s no doubt that you will lose out if your recruitment process is slow.… Read more »

Soft Skills Vs. Hard Skills: The Importance of Hiring for Both

Yes, you want your employees to have the technical ability to do their jobs, but what about the interpersonal skills it takes to be all-around successful in the company? The importance of hiring for both hard and soft skills cannot be overstated. Let’s dive into soft skills vs. hard skills and why you need to… Read more »

Trends That are Shaping Recruiting

Technology is evolving at a faster than ever pace. The good news is that these advancements are being applied to ag recruiting to streamline the process. Let’s take a look at the trends that are shaping recruiting and helping agriculture employers find the perfect candidates much faster than traditional methods. Trends That are Shaping Recruiting… Read more »

How Many Rounds of Interviews are Necessary for Agricultural Executives?

Getting to know candidates before making a decision is one of the golden rules of hiring. The interview process is where you really get to know whether someone is a good fit for the position. It’s normal to call top contenders back in for a second interview. However, how much is too much? It is… Read more »

The True Benefits of Employee Recognition

No one wants to toil away in obscurity. And while all of us know this, many employers seem to think that their workforce will be content to do a great job without ever being recognized for it. As counterintuitive as it may seem, neglecting employee recognition is a problem in many workplaces. To illustrate why… Read more »

How to Manage a Team When You Don’t Understand Their Day-To-Day

As a supervisor, it is understandable that you will not understand the day-to-day of every position you manage. This is okay and completely normal. You will have personally worked in some of these roles before landing your current job, but it is unlikely that you have hands-on experience in all of them. You do not… Read more »

Why Creating 30-60-90 Day Plans are Essential for New Hires

First days on the job are tough, and a bad experience for a new team member can quickly send them running for the hills. Setting new employees up for a positive experience from the start is the best way to ensure long-term success. Apart from a thorough onboarding process, creating 30-60-90 day plans are ideal… Read more »

How to Hire (And Keep) Employees That Will Grow With You

Whether your agriculture company is an established brand or a startup, you can’t afford bad hires. Employees whose overall vision and goals do not align with your business will not be happy, and therefore do not stick around for the long run. It is challenging to continue moving your company forward if you do not… Read more »