Ag's HR Coach

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  • As coronavirus vaccines become more widely available, there are steps farmers can take to encourage employees to take advantage of the new availability. (DTN file photo by Elaine Thomas)
    by Katie Micik Dehlinger , Farm Business Editor

    There are no legal restrictions on incentives employers can offer to encourage their workers to get vaccinated. DTN's HR Coach offers tips on how to establish an enticing program, create appropriate policies to handle any potential side effects or illness and how to think about it in the long...

  • Discussing potential safety hazards and how to handle them before they actually happen can go a long way to prevent accidents like this rollover incident. (DTN file photo)
    by Lori Culler , DTN Farm Business Adviser

    With the rush of the harvest season upon (most of) us, taking time to review your farm's safety procedures and discussing with employees what steps to take in an emergency can go a long way to prevent, or minimize, the impact of an accident.

  • The pandemic has changed the way most businesses are doing interviews. Fortunately for farms, having your interview outside has always been an option. (Progressive Farmer photo by Getty Images)
    by Lori Culler , DTN Farm Business Adviser

    Many of the 36 million Americans that have claimed unemployment since the coronavirus pandemic began would prefer to work for a family-owned company, preferably in a stable industry like agriculture. With an expanded talent pool, now is an excellent time to hire.

  • When a candidate sees an interesting job posting, they will often look at up to five other websites before deciding whether to submit an application. Make sure a few of those are yours by creating a website or Facebook page. (DTN file photo)
    by Lori Culler , DTN Farm Business Adviser

    January is the most popular month for people to change jobs. With demand for labor growing and supply tightening, DTN's HR Coach shares a few strategies to help you stand out.

  • Work-life balance isn't just a buzzword agriculture can ignore. As more job seekers weigh the allocation of professional and personal time with care, there are some things farmers can do to tip the scales in their favor. (DTN File Photo)
    by Lori Culler , DTN Farm Business Adviser

    Work-life balance is the third most important attribute job candidates consider when choosing where to work. While that often puts farms at a disadvantage, there are a few things farmers can do to make jobs more attractive to prospective employees.

  • Setting expectations, communicating in-the-moment and scheduling ongoing meetings are just three ways you can improve your team's communication. (Progressive Farmer photo by Getty Images)
    by Lori Culler , DTN Farm Business Adviser

    Small, close-knit teams can make having tough conversations difficult, but a little up-front communication can make a big difference.

  • Managers need to adapt as a Generation Z enters the workforce. (Progressive Farmer image by Karl Wolfshohl)
    by Lori Culler , DTN Farm Business Adviser

    Generation Z is ready to enter the workforce. They differ from millennials in important ways, and managing them requires a different approach.

  • Engaged employees are more likely to perform their best work and be more productive. (Graphic by AgHires)
    by Lori Culler , DTN Farm Business Adviser

    Engaging employees needs more than a scattershot approach. If some employees are actively disengaged, a methodical approach would be better. Here are six questions you can ask employees to get feedback and to gain a sense of each one's engagement to...

  • A common complaint among farmers is their employees just don't listen. Rather than focusing on improving an employee's listening skills, Ag's HR Coach Lori Culler suggests cultivating an environment that encourages employees to think problems through. (DTN photo by Jim Patrico)
    by Lori Culler , DTN Farm Business Adviser

    Often the best way to improve employees' listening skills is to empower them to lead and think through problems on their own.

  • A recent survey by OfficeTeam found professionals waste an average of 56 minutes per day on their cell phones for personal use during work hours. (DTN file photo by Pamela Smith)
    by Lori Culler , DTN Farm Business Adviser

    Whether it's tardiness, extreme cell phone use, abuse of sick time or excessive negativity, addressing employees' bad behaviors is an essential part of running a successful team. DTN's HR Coach offers some tips for those tough conversations.

  • Wages are on the rise nationwide, with the largest gains seen in the mining and construction sectors. Agricultural employers may need find new ways to hire and retain the best talent. (Bureau of Labor Statistics chart)
    by Lori Culler , DTN Farm Business Adviser

    With the unemployment rate at an all-time low, many agricultural employers are struggling to find and attract top-quality candidates at historical compensation rates. While it's tough to raise wages when profit margins are narrow, DTN HR Columnist Lori Culler...

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