Sucessful leadership involves:
- Making decisions on the farm related to how things run (who, what, where, when and why).
- Having strategies in place to make sure things run effectively and efficiently.
- Engaging in proactive (and not reactive) management
As an agricultural producer, you will always be wearing more than one hat. Your job as the farm's human resource specialist is no exception. Management can be viewed as creating order and predictability (e.g., assigning, scheduling, reporting).
Leadership is the more chaotic side, dealing with change (e.g., sharing, drawing out information, motivating). Labor management decisions are too important to be left to chance. Farm employees deserve your time, attention, and care whether they are full- or part-time, temporary or permanent, or family members.
The labor management information on this page is geared towards agricultural producers, with a focus on dairy farms with a Latino workforce. However, the information is applicable and important for any manager or supervisor who oversees employees on a farm.
Every effort has been made to provide accurate advice. The information is not intended as legal advice - when concerned, seek legal assistance.