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Online tools for reducing worker turnover

Calculator estimates costs of replacing employees while benchmarking tool allows for comparisons by sector or province

Did you know that the cost of replacing a single worker can be as much as 150 per cent of their annual salary? Do you know what your turnover costs are? ‘Turnover’ is the rate at which workers leave and are replaced on your farm, something that can have a major impact on productivity and […] Read more

Learn how to become a better boss

Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 workshops to be held

If you’re struggling to find and retain good employees, you may find answers at The Human Resource Essentials workshops (Jan. 31 at the Airdrie Agriculture Centre and Feb. 1 at the Stony Plain Provincial Building). The workshops will focus on key components of an HR strategy: simple effective job descriptions, interviewing, training plans, boosting employee engagement, and tools for managing […] Read more


Everyone working on a farm — whether employees or family — should have a job description and know their roles and responsibilities.

Humans — your most important farm resource

Attracting and retaining good workers on your farm doesn’t just happen — you have to make it happen

If you don’t have people, you don’t have a farm. It’s as simple as that. While most producers think about their farm in terms of their livestock and crops, they neglect to think about the people, says a rural business specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. But that needs to change, Abby Verstraete told attendees […] Read more

Provincial grants available to reduce worker turnover

Workforce Development Initiative offers funding up to $25,000

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry’s 2015-16 Workforce Development Initiative is still accepting grant applications from employers interested in reducing their worker turnover or improving the productivity of their food processing or primary agriculture operation. “The retention grant provides a grant to cover 50 per cent of the costs of having a consultant develop a plan to […] Read more