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Managing People

Managing people and getting the best from staff can be challenging. Often farmers themselves have never been employed other than by the family business and this makes the thought of managing staff members daunting. Whether it be full time employees, seasonal staff or even family members, management is required in all cases albeit at varying degrees.

This section aims to equip farmers with the information and tools to allow them to formalise the management of their staff. This will include tips for successful recruitment and retention of staff; techniques for having difficult conversations and strategies to manage performance to ensure you get the most from your workforce. This topic area will also cover the importance of meetings and managing conflict within family businesses.

Two podcasts are available for you to listen to on Managing People and Apprenticeships and Opportunities.

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To complement our webinar recordings, we have a few useful handouts. Siân Bushell of Siân Bushell Associates kindly provided us with a copy of the DISC questionnaire method developed by The Conflict Resolution Network, Australia to allow you to see how different employees will respond based on their behavioural style. The Karpman’s Triangle was also kindly provided by Siân and highlights a situation that often arises amongst family members or staff members in businesses.

Behavioural Style Questionnaire

Karpman's Triangle

Advice and Templates on Workplace Rights and Best Practice Free impartial advice and templates for employers and employees on workplace rights, rules and best practice.

10 Ways to Have a Better Conservation An insightful talk from Celeste Headlee, a radio host, on the ingredients of a great conversation.

16 Personalities Free tool that allows you to identify the personality type of yourself and others to help you understand staff and colleagues in order to get the most from them.

LANTRA – Employers Toolkit for Modern Apprenticeships Use this to find out more information about employing modern apprentices.

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