Labor and Human Resource Management

Labor and Human Resource Management


Getting along well with your employer and co-workers can be more challenging than doing the work you were hired for. Enjoying them helps make your job fun. Employees who master the skills necessary to get along are highly valued. They are often MVPs -- Most Valuable Persons. Being named an MVP is a...

Date published: July 1, 2001
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Fact Sheet produced by Ohio State University Extension

Date published: July 1, 2001
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Would anyone doubt that a successful dairy farm requires a team effort? Silly question? Not at all. Most dairy farms have groups of people or collections of individuals rather than teams. Success does not demand a team approach. A farm manager who prefers a team approach faces a tough test of...

Date published: July 1, 2001
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Hiring only non-family members would likely make labor management in your business easier than working with family members. The fact is, however, that most small businesses include two or more family members: spouses, children, in-laws, siblings and parents. Family members usually have some key...

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In tight labor markets, farm employers must compete aggressively with other employers for quality employees. These quality employees are essential to the accomplishment of production, financial and growth goals. The lack of quality employees can jeopardize the very future of the business.

Date published: July 1, 2001
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“How am I doing?” Nearly all employees want an answer to this question.

Date published: July 1, 2001
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As a dairy farm employer, you must compete aggressively for job applicants. An inadequate number of applicants leads to a shortage of quality employees. These quality employees are essential to the accomplishment of your production, financial and growth goals. Lack of quality employees jeopardizes...

Date published: July 1, 2001
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We begin our discussion of a complex topic with a simple question: How can I motivate my employees? We propose a simple yet unique answer: You can’t do it alone! Employee motivation in small businesses works best as a partnership between employer and employees. In this paper, we will develop this...

Date published: July 1, 2001
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You have only one opportunity to make a good first impression on new employees. The first day that a new person is on the job provides you many "teachable moments." Nearly all employees want to get off to a good start. The good start depends more on orientation than on how much work the person does...

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Organizing is establishing an internal framework for the business. An internal framework, called an organizational structure, is necessary if two or more people are involved in the business. In fact, businesses with only a few people involved can have confusing and misunderstood organizational...

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Communication plays a major role in employer-employee relationships on farms. It also affects the relationships among family members on the management team. Although effective communication does not guarantee success of a farm business, its absence usually assures problems. A communication problem...

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Managers face a major challenge in finding and keeping quality employees. Finding the quality employees is absolutely necessary if profitability, growth and excellence goals are to be reached. Family members and existing employees are unable to cover for missing employees for any extended period of...

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Date published: July 1, 2001

No matter how carefully a manager recruits and selects employees, they will not come to their new jobs with all the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities. Training is essential if employees are to reach their potential. Training should help them feel like they are creating better opportunities...

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What explains the often-observed difficulty of keeping family businesses going beyond two generations? There are the obvious answers of lack of profits, bad luck, the business is too small or too large, and failure to stay current with technology and modern practices. However, there are additional...

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Every business needs leadership. Leadership is one of the ways that managers affect the behavior of people in the business. Most successful managers are also successful leaders. They get people to work to accomplish the organization's goals.

Date published: July 1, 2001

The dairy world has an interesting job description gap. Most dairy farm employees want job descriptions. Few dairy farmers provide them. More important, dairy farmers who work with their employees to write and use job descriptions praise their benefits. Most labor management specialists highly...

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