Off season means time for employee check-ins


During the busy seasons on the farm, it's easy to get lost in the urgency of the daily to-do list. That's understandable because there are a lot of gears turning to keep your operation moving effectively and efficiently, and as a farm leader you have to keep them oiled. Sometimes it's only in the "lesser urgent" seasons such as we find ourselves in now, that we have any significant amount of time to spend catching up with our team members one-on-one.

It's advisable to dedicate some time to check in with each employee on your farm during the "off season." That might mean different things to different people—could be a formal review of their progress, or maybe just a bump to see how the last six months or so have been going and if they have any questions or concerns.

For more ideas and suggestions on ways to connect with your team before planting preparation begins, read Darren Frye's latest Finance First column at