Human Resource Management

Welcome
The diverse nature of the Agriculture Industry combined with its long-standing traditions presents a unique challenge to Human Resource management. The evolution of farming from being wholly owned and operated by the family has prompted competition between producers and other Industry sectors for qualified labour. Now more than ever farm operators must be able to recruit and retain a high performance workforce for the continued success of their business. An aging workforce, combined with changing consumer trends and environmental regulations, as well as more technically advanced farming equipment have fostered a growing need for skilled labour. Human Resource Management responds to these changes, by providing farm managers with the necessary education and training to become better employers through adequate workforce management.

Our Human Resource Management eCourses for the Agriculture Industry enable you to:

  • understand your role as an employer and manager of human resources on the farm
  • upgrade your current skills in human resource management and training
  • establish better recruitment and dismissal policies, associating the link between attracting qualified workers and profitability
  • understand the legal exemptions and requirements specific to the Agriculture Industry
  • understand the rights, responsibilities and duties of employers, workers, owners, the self-employed, contractors, and suppliers to maintain a safe and healthy workplace
  • establish a human resource management policy to ensure maximum productivity from a satisfied workforce (performance appraisal, managing yourself and others)
  • manage foreign workers – seasonal and harvest employment

Reflective questions guide you through the units of study, while a wide range of tools and additional resources allow you to apply concepts to your own business and explore specific topic areas in further depth.

Courses:

eLibrary

To supplement our eCourses, the eLibrary features a compilation of the best resources in agribusiness management. Our resources are continuously vetted by our Industry experts for accuracy and relevancy of information.

The AgriBusiness eCampus is also offering courses in Strategic & Business Planning, Succession Planning, Commodity Marketing, and Domestic and Global Marketing.

 

 


Managing People on the Farm

As agricultural businesses expand to keep up with economies of size, it is natural that many more producers are going to find themselves in the dual roles of farmer and employer. For many individuals, this is a daunting possibility. Hiring your first employee is never an easy process, but it certainly isn't something that should be avoided at all costs-especially if it is a crucial aspect of your operation's future success.
This course gives you first-hand accounts of how applying the principles of sound labour management can avoid serious problems and how effective management of staff can produce tremendous benefits. The stories are true and they come from Canadian producers.
Managing People on Your Farm will enable you to:

  • understand your role as an employer and manager of human resources on the farm
  • upgrade your current skills in human resource management and training
  • establish better recruitment and dismissal policies, associating the link between attracting qualified workers and profitability
  • establish a human resource management policy to ensure maximum productivity from a satisfied workforce (performance appraisal, managing yourself and others)
  • manage foreign workers - seasonal and harvest employment
  • Identify key considerations when planning to hire family members
  • Determine if your labour needs match your current workforce
  • Identify the importance of different means of compensation and the impact of work environment on successful labour management

 Managing People on Your Farm is based on the excellent book of the same name from the Canadian Farm Business Management Council.  Recognizing that people have different learning styles, the ABeSchool, in partnership with the Council, worked together to create this online course as a valuable self-directed learning experience for managers and supervisors working in a farm business environment. Additional material has been added to the original resource, as well as media-rich features that will make your learning experience an exciting one!

Remember, our eCourses have been specially designed to give you the knowledge and skills applicable to your farm business today. As such, they are non-credit, self-interest courses that do not count towards a University of Guelph degree or diploma.

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Farm Safe – Creating a Safety Culture in Your Farm Business

As responsible employers, you strive to create a culture of safety within the working environment that follows employment standards and government regulations. In the farm workplace it is always a challenge to create a culture of safety that keeps employees informed without overwhelming them with complex documentation. The focus of this course is to assist farmers /industry in adapting to regulations implemented in 2006 .  The materials in the Ontario Farm Safety Association’s employer's kit are integrated throughout the course.  

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify the legislated requirements and related laws under the Occupational Health and Safety Act and how you can comply with the requirements
  • Explain the purpose of the Employment Standards Act, (ESA)
  • Distinguish between issues covered by the Human Rights Code, the Employment Insurance Act and the Workers Safety and Insurance Act from those covered by the ESA
  • Articulate the principle behind the OHSA as it relates to farming operations

The Farm Safe course is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to create a ‘culture’ of safety in your farm business that complies with legislation and promotes an understanding that health and safety is everyone’s responsibility.

* Upon registering you will be sent the Ontario Farm Safety Association’s employer's kit.

Remember, our eCourses have been specially designed to give you the knowledge and skills applicable to your farm business today. As such, they are non-credit, self-interest courses that do not count towards a University of Guelph degree or diploma.

Register