The harvest hustle is taxing. As a producer, you might look forward to a winter vacation each year, but do you offer your employees the same break? Research shows employees who take time away from work are more efficient, and the next few months are the perfect time to test it out.
Fewer than 20% of farm workers are offered paid vacation time, according to an Iowa State University study. Yet offering them paid vacation is simple and effective, says Ann Johanns, an Iowa State Extension program specialist.
“Offering paid time off can really boost not only morale but overall productivity, too,” Johanns says.
Paid time off is common in the business world. It’s even offered by many fast-food restaurants. Yet Mike Hogan of The Ohio State University says a survey of 171 farm workers by Ohio State Extension found only 4% of full-time employees are offered vacation time. Tabulate The Time. Select the proper amount of vacation time after doing some research. A 2004 study by the Society for Human Resources found the average number of vacation days offered to U.S. workers ranges from nine to 21. Don’t panic—clearly, those higher numbers likely are not achievable for most active farm operations.
Learn how one dairy farmer manages paid time off at www.milkbusiness.com.