Too many employees muddying the waters?

Finding the perfect customer-to-employee ratio can be a delicate dance. Getting it wrong can alienate customers and cut into future sales. 
June 17, 2010, Calgary – “Today’s and Tomorrow’s Farms: Employment and Skills Development” was the theme surrounding a national forum held in Calgary this week, organized by the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council (CAHRC).

Three ways to
mentor millennials

An article in the May 2010 edition of the Harvard Business Review claims “in four years, millennials — the people born between 1977 and 1997 — will account for nearly half the employees in the world.” How can you coach these young workers?
In the second of six articles for Greenhouse Canada, Grodan® Crop Consultant Andrew Lee provides an insight into the key features of stonewool substrates and describes how, by understanding the basic principles behind them, growers can gain maximum benefit from an applied irrigation strategy.
Students, whether enrolled in high school or college, make up a large and important part of a garden centre’s retail workforce.

Recession improves job loyalty for 30 per cent
The economic recession in Canada has improved the working relationship between employees and their bosses with one-third of employees saying they are more loyal to their employer, according to a survey from global staffing company Kelly Services.

You can teach an old employee new tricks
When it comes to training, employers are giving more mature workers short shrift, a survey shows.

Small biz owners
take care of employees first

Small business owners are sacrificing their paycheques and time off this year so they can spread some holiday cheer to their employees during tough financial times, according to a new Canadian survey. 
Technology can save energy dollars, and strong management – including staff awareness – can save energy dollars. But if you put the two together, you have a winning combination for maximizing your savings.

U.S. reviewing H-2A guest worker program rules
The U.S. Labor Department is trying again to roll back a Bush administration regulation that made it easier for farmers to hire temporary foreign farm workers.
It hardly seems five minutes since the industry descended on Toronto for last year’s national get-together (Canadian Greenhouse Conference), yet here we are again! Bob and Donna Cobbledick and their faithful organizing team will have once again “bust a gut” all year to set up another wonderful selection of pre-conference tours, great conference speakers, a fantastic array of exhibitors, and other new and fun ways to meet colleagues and learn about this terrific industry.

Reviewing your staff
Your staff is both the face of your business and an essential part of the engine that keeps it running. These employees are also human — they make mistakes and may require positive or negative critiques. How do you give your staff feedback?

Employees growing disloyal
A new study from Ipsos Reid reveals that Canadian employees are becoming less loyal to their employers.
The media messaging on energy is that we all should do our part to conserve and employ any means possible to incorporate renewables into mainstream usage. It’s not hard to get agreement on that point, but business owners cannot overlook the fact that whatever they do also has to make sense economically.
Few things remain the same for very long. We live in a constantly changing world, with new circumstances within ourselves and from outside that impact our lives every day. Many of these circumstances are a boost to our existence; however, some are strong enough to pull us backward. These internal or external circumstances could even be the same to different people, while the effects are vastly different. Whether the circumstances are positive or negative depends on the situation we are in at that time.

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