Growth of your farming operation means the potential for hiring new employees, and for some farm leaders that might be a new venture. It might mean having non-family employees on your farm for the first time. Working with family, though not without its own unique challenges, typically means at the very least that your employees know many of the special quirks or preferences of the farm leadership, or where things are kept, for instance, because they've been raised on that farm from childhood.
Water Street Solutions Director Lance Burditt has a story to tell about a Midwestern farm that underwent a lot of growth in a short amount of time, resulting in an outside hiring boom. Leadership soon found its new non-family employees lacking in many areas, but further investigation led them to the conclusion that their own poor communication and leadership structure was the root cause; these employees didn't even really know who they were supposed to report to.
With the assistance of Human Resources consultants, the brothers who ran this farm undertook a complete overhaul and redefining of the farm's reporting and job assignment structure. Hear how it turned out and maybe even gain some ideas to take back to your own operation, with Lance Burditt and Dewey Nelson.