Productive work environment
Teams are effective, focussed and committed to the business goals.
A productive work environment is one where the culture supports:
- Motivated people doing meaningful work.
- Staff are clear about what is expected.
- Staff are rewarded fairly for the work they do.
- Hours of work average no more than 45 to 50 per week through the season.
- There are enough people in the team to ensure everyone gets regular rostered days off.
- Rostered days off don't decrease over calving.
Benefits on farm
Benefits in staff
In this environment people will:
- Use their initiative.
- Take ownership of what has to happen.
- Be motivated to do a good job.
- Tend to stay longer within the business.
- Tell others what a good place it is to work.
Businesses with a productive work environment will achieve this through a specific focus on people management, including:
- Having a people strategy that is linked to the business strategy.
- People will be valued as an asset to the business and treated accordingly.
- Providing terms and conditions and accommodation that are above average.
The business will be managed with people in mind, for example:
- There is good communication.
- People will feel valued.
- People will have the opportunity to contribute and use their initiative at all levels.
- The employer will always follow through on promises, i.e. do what they say they will.
- Review the people strategic plan annually alongside the business plan review.
- Involve staff in the review process, encourage them to voice their opinions and ideas.
- Focus on how the business can improve its performance through, and with, its people.