Every family faces different circumstances, so family employment policies tend to be unique and customized. As you craft your policy, answer these questions, suggests Dick Wittman, an Idaho producer and a farm financial consultant.
- Are specific skills or vacancies required on the farm operation before a family member is hired?
- What types of previous work experience, training or apprenticeships are mandatory to fill certain positions?
- Is there a limit on how many family members are involved in high-level positions?
- What type of economic capacity must your business have in place before you can validate a new hire?
- How will you determine when family members qualify for promotions and other leadership opportunities?
- What will be the reporting structure or supervision protocol for family members relative to other team members?