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Beyond the Bale : March 2013
SELLING MORE WOOL ON-FARM 31 March 2013 BEYOND THE BALE More information: Call the AWI Helpline on 1800 070 099 or visit www.wool.com for your free copies of the following AWI R&D Updates: The AWI and MLA study identified actions for pastoral livestock industry employers who choose to change the way they attract and retain employees: 1. Communicate more effectively the competitive remuneration packages (cash and non-cash), work-life balance, flexible hours and the team / family / community atmosphere at work. 2. Build a sustainable workforce by: • ensuring managers work sustainable hours and encourage flexible hours, time in lieu and taking holidays; and • reviewing staffing, workload and method of working so employees can work efficiently without risk to personal health. 3. Provide financial security and future certainty to employees through fair and consistent remuneration packages. In the long-term, provide career opportunities, job enrichment for spouses/partners working on the property, and career coaching tools and training for managers. In family owned businesses, implement a clear, agreed and documented succession plan. 4. Adopt an inclusive and collaborative leadership style that involves staff in decision-making. Give female employees opportunities to experience leadership roles. Train managers in strategic planning, interpersonal communication and understanding the needs of younger employees. 5. Give regular formal and informal feedback on employees’ performance. Recognise hard work, commitment and experience, and immediately address any individuals not performing effectively. Train managers in coaching and feedback. 6. Promote the reputation of the enterprise/company to build pride amongst employees and attract new staff. Make the workplace safe, healthy and harassment free, and supply quality equipment and accommodation. 7. Ensure employees continue to use their skills and abilities and encourage multi-skilling. METHODS TO ATTRACT AND RETAIN EMPLOYEES Fostering team effort is a key ingredient to a successful enterprise. • Attracting and retaining staff in the pastoral industry. • Attracting and retaining staff in small pastoral enterprises (less than 5 employees). • Attracting and retaining staff in medium pastoral enterprises (6-14 employees). • Attracting and retaining staff in large pastoral enterprises (more than 15 employees). The full report “Attracting and retaining staff in Australia’s beef, sheep and pastoral wool industries” is available on www.wool.com Photo: Evan Collis