2009 Top Trends for Agribusiness HR Planning
Thirty-two agribusiness organizations in the U.S. and twenty-seven in Canada completed the annual AGRIBUSINESS HR REPORT™, which provides insight, market knowledge and data on a range of human resources "best practices" specific to the industry. The HR best practices report is a survey containing over 60 questions ranging in topics from salary reviews, management performance schemes, benefits/salary packaging information, employer branding and recruitment best practices.
With report findings, information was consolidated for United States and Canadian audiences in a variety of industry sectors, including: ag chem/seed, animal health and nutrition, swine production and genetics, commodity and cooperative organizations, as well as meat processing, rural finance, equipment, and cattle production groups.
While a great deal of information was gathered and analyzed in the report, several common trends were evident among the responding companies.
Recruitment through Referrals
Base Pay Increases
Measuring Employee Satisfaction
“Employee satisfaction surveys can assist management with feedback regarding why their employees refer other individuals to open positions and whether their employees understand their organization’s business goals and even their individual performance goals,” commented Eric Spell, President of AgCareers.com. AgCareers.com has assisted organizations over the past two years with products to help them collect and analyze this information.
In Canada, the most popular flexible staffing approach has been for employees to telecommute, or work from home. Thirty-seven percent of Canadian employers have recognized the need for some type of flexible staffing solution.
Forty-four percent of Canadian employers and 45% of U.S. employers predict their employee base will grow in size in the next two years. Spell comments that, “A solid workforce planning strategy will assist our agribusiness clients grow to meet the demands of the future. Employers can also start now with strong internship and management development programs, along with a strong employer branding strategy.”
AgCareers.com is an industry leader and information gatherer to the agribusiness industry. To get this HR best practices data for your organization, the 2009 AgCareers.com AGRIBUSINESS HR REPORT™, please inquire with AgCareers.com. For more information, contact AgCareers.com by phone: 800.929.8975 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.