When posed the question “Is employee development a cost or an investment?”, Chuck Schwartau, Extension Educator, University of Minnesota, responded:  “Every farm wants that perfect employee who shows up for work early every day, stays late (but never puts extra time on the time card!), does at least one-and-a-half times the work of any other employee, never makes a mistake, and does that all for minimum wage. Unfortunately, there aren't many of them around — unless you count yourself!

The point is that you need to invest in employees if you want top performance from them and from your farm. Even employees who come to you with great skills and experience need training from time to time for new tasks, handling new equipment, following new procedures, or even as a reminder of how familiar procedures are supposed to be done. No one is a perfect sponge who retains every message the first time and never forgets any of it. We all know more than we practice, so we need reminding from time to time. Regular training opportunities help your business perform better. It shows you care about improving your employees; it open lines of communications that make employees feel more comfortable coming to you with other work related issues.”