The search for employees to fill positions in your pork operation begins with thorough and detailed job descriptions. Once you’ve attracted qualified candidates, you need to win them over.

Steve Cary, offers a few pointers as to how he recruits and keeps employees on his Battle Creek, Mich., farm:

  • Show potential employees the opportunities for long-term job security.
  • Provide a pleasant work environment.
  • Train new employees and monitor the progress from that training.
  • Provide the equipment – in good working order – that employees will need to do their jobs.
  • Challenge employees and assign them new responsibilities.
  • Be open to employees’ suggestions for changes within the operation.
  • Provide opportunities for employee growth.
  • Allow room for employees to make mistakes.