Onboarding Farm Employees: Improving Human Resource Management at the Beginning

Worksite Location
CCE Ontario County
Project Dates
June 3, 2019 to August 9, 2019
Faculty Sponsor
Richard Stup
Field Mentors/Supervisors
Libby Eiholzer
Wages Up To
Project Summary and Intended Outcomes

A broad group of farmers and farm organizations identified the need for more effective onboarding of new farm employees so that employees are safe, productive, and engaged from day one. This project will involves further development of farm employee onboarding templates and tools, implementation with 50 project farms, and wide adoption of effective onboarding in the industry. Specific outcomes include: an onboarding template that farms can adapt and use, and train the trainer workshops for farm employees who lead employee onboarding. 

Roles and Responsibilities

The student intern would work with Richard and Libby to continue development of onboarding tools. This will involve conducting internet research into some specific employment laws or practices and helping to develop training materials. Libby will be working with several farms to field test and roll out components of onboarding, the intern would also support those efforts and gather feedback from farms. This involves preparing materials, taking notes at farmer meetings, and revising and updating program materials. 

Qualifications and Previous Coursework

No specific prior coursework is required. Qualifications include a basic knowledge of farm operations, especially dairy farms, and an interest in employee training and development.

Benefits and Skills

1. Greater knowledge of employment regulations and human resource management practices. 2. Greater knowledge of farm safety best management practices. 3. Increased skill in developing training materials and a stronger knowledge of training methods.