Management of farm staff is a skillful job to ensure that they work in a safe working environment as well as contributing to the growing farming business. Having control over the workforce will make workers feel that they are in a safe environment where their contribution to the farm investment is paying off.
Adapting your staff team to the new normal
- Remind the team to maintain hygiene and distancing as per Government guidelines
- Review practices implemented at the beginning of lockdown
- Plan how you are going to effectively manage the team in the medium and long term as rules are gradually relaxed
COVID-19 update on EU National Workers:
It is important to consider the risks associated with EU farm workers returning home whilst the pandemic is still going on:
- Regulations may be different between your host country and your home country including: self isolation on arrival and limitation on movement and travel.
- You may find yourself ‘stuck’ or turned aware from countries you are travelling through – especially if travelling by car.
- Regulations are constantly changing in the UK which could lead to disruption in travel arrangements, delayed return to UK, requirement for isolation or return.
To protect the health of your team on the farm an isolation period may be suggested to returning employees.
Yellow Wellies health and safety guide for temporary workers
- The Farm Safety Foundation has created a third in their new series of Staying Safe on the Farm – A Guide for Temporary Workers.
- This simple guide highlights the key risks and dangers on farms today and outlines sensible ways to stay safe and farm safe.
- Download below:
Taking care of health and safety and mental health:
Training your team for business success – AHDB
Some skills that a farm manager should possess:
- Teamwork skills
- Communication skills
- Organisational skills
- Ability to lead a group
- Ability to understand and implement employment standards of working conditions, costs etc.
- Understand the hiring process of employees
- Knowledge of production standards
- Further responsibilities and qualities of a farm manager can be found here.
Citizens information provide information on employment, click here.
It is important to ensure you and your employees are aware of their rights, click here to find out more.
Joint farming ventures
- Collaborative farming is where farmers join together to share their economic values, share skills and create a more social environment to work in. The below video explains collaborative business structures in farming.
- Guidelines to forming a Farm Partnership, click here or download below. Further publications can be found on the Teagasc website: click here.
- Further information on collaborative farming arrangements can be found at Teagasc click here.