When Gregory Encina Billikopf, University of California Extension ag labor management special-ist, asked farm supervisors to identify the most challenging and rewarding aspects of their positions, not surprisingly, most overwhelmingly cited their relations with people.

Despite the stresses that go with managing employees, most supervisors Billikopf spoke with said they liked their job, rating it a 4.5 out of 5. They also offered these tips for positive employee management strategies.
1. Good communication starts at the top.
2. Top managers should not micro-manage, and they should avoid the temptation to overturn decisions.
3. Tell workers when they have done a good job and they (employees) won’t be apt to hide errors from you.

To read the complete report, go to http://www.cnr.berkeley.edu/ucce50/ag-labor/. Once there, click on “research” to read the full report, “Interpersonal communication tops concerns of farm supervisors.”