When employees leave, not only do you have the cost of replacing them, but also the potential disaster of getting caught short-handed during planting or harvest time.

You can increase worker retention by providing benefits like a health-care plan, accommodating requested time off, and providing a good work environment where all employees are treated with respect.

The California Institute for Rural Studies developed a handbook highlighting a range of positive labor practices, including many that are no-cost or low-cost, to improve employee satisfaction and retention. To download the brochure, click here.