Running a farm is tough work. Running a business is tough work.
Combine the two and you have a lot on your plate. When you are
running a farm business, you may need more employees than just you!
When it comes to farm employees, whether they are family or not,
it's important to have some rules. Here are the best rules and tips
for farm employees from farmers who know!
On the farm, there's no such thing as
a job description. You may have to do something new or different or
difficult, depending on the day. Every job is fair game for
No phones while at work. Two way
radios are supplied for communication.
Be on time. No call, no show means no
Never be afraid to ask a question.
There are no stupid questions.
Treat your employees like family.
Include them in with holidays, honor their traditions, learn their
culture/language and celebrate birthdays. Without your farm staff,
you have nothing. Make sure they feel
If you are hiring for your farm, bringing on a family member may
seem like the obvious choice. But it can be more complicated than
you think to hire (and sometimes fire) family members. (Watch
Jolene's video for more on hiring a family member and
the six questions to answer before you hire).
Always be willing to do the dirty work
yourself. Always be willing to pitch
Be aware of your
Have a zero tolerance rule for drug or
alcohol use. For one, this is vital for employee safety. And when
you have a rule like that, you know your farm has nothing to hide.
No smoking because it can be dangerous around dry wood, hay,
First and foremost, respect the
property, the equipment, the animals and each other. Treat everyone as equals when it comes
Don't hire a family member who has not worked for a non-family
boss. (More on this here).
If you find the gate closed, close it
behind you. If it is open, leave it
And our favorite: Have fun. Farming is