Components of a Family Employment Policy

January 21, 2016 01:00 PM

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?
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