While the unemployment rate has risen somewhat over the past months, finding pork production employees remains a challenge.

Students can not only offer some relief, they are a viable and valuable employee source. Mike Grott, director of a Purdue University
Research and Education Center, manages a workforce consisting of both full-time labor and part-time student help. He offers these suggestions for working with students:


  • Learn each employee's skills and talents and what level of responsibility each is willing to assume.
  • Be flexible with schedu-ling. Student employees do not consider their job to be a way of life. Time off is important to them.
  • Be open to change, and be willing to try ideas that they suggest. This can lead to increased job commit-ment on their part and new successes on your part. You can certainly expect them to help implement the ideas that they develop.