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Agrimarketing : January February 2013
16 Agri Marketing January/February 2013 AgCareers.com recently released the 2012-2013 U.S. Agribusiness HR Review Report which provides a range of human resource best practices relevant to agribusinesses over the last twelve months. The outlook for agribusinesses remains strong according to the report. Information is captured via direct communication with agribusinesses through an online survey. One key finding was that 92% of companies expect all or some staff to see salary increases in the next year. Similar to the previous year 's findings, the ranges expected for salary increases varied, with the predominant range being 2.1% to 3%. When ag and food companies were asked about their growth in the next two years, 96% expect the size of their workforce to increase or stay the same. For companies that expect a workforce increase, the most common reason noted was a result of "growth strategy." A majority of companies responding had a structured staff performance system in place and link performance to a reward. Awarding bonuses was the number one way companies motivated employees to keep them productive and challenged by their role. Participating organizations also noted that the main objective for intro- ducing bonus/incentive rewards was to improve business performance. Sixty-four percent of respondents said their organization also has the capacity to offer a "sign on" bonus. Another interesting trend pulled from the 2012-2013 report is the increase in employers that measure employee satisfaction; more than half of employers (58%) reported measurement of employee satisfaction, up from 35% in the 2011-2012 report. Internal surveys were the number one form of employee satisfaction measurement. The vast majority of companies conduct exit interviews (83%). Exit interviews can be an extremely effective way to obtain open, honest feedback. Performance systems and employee satisfaction measures should not be taken lightly because of their ability to provide valuable data to assist in improving employee morale and strengthening retention. The HR Review data shows that referrals still rank highest as the most effective means of reaching prospective candidates, followed by online job boards, such as AgCareers.com. More than 64% of the companies were able to recruit suitably skilled candidates for all levels of positions. Sales positions were the most difficult to recruit for according to respondents. Employers plan to do more college/university recruiting in the next five years (64%), with the number one reason being career progression and succession planning strategies. AgCareers.com recognizes the need for strong ollegiate recruiting rograms and offers everal opportunities for mployers to interact with students and aculty through the HR Roundtable, College & University Newsletter nd database and the ampus ambassador rogram. Additional detailed nformation on these subject areas, along with turnover, seasonal staff, training, overtime, benefits, retirement and more can be found by downloading a full FREE copy of the Agribusiness HR Review. Visit www.AgCareers.com and click on the "Market Research" tab. A separate Canadian edition is also available. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. AM HR REVIEW OFFERS VALUABLE DATA The Scoop on Recruiting EVENTS Upcoming AgCareers.com Visit www.AgCareers.com for details Do's and Don'ts of Successful Internship Programs: Part 1 April 19 Webinar Preparing Managers for a Successful Internship: Part 2 April 26 Webinar Interview Tips for New Hiring Managers June 28 Webinar 2013 Ag & Food HR Roundtable August 6-8 Johnston, IA For details and to register, visit the Conferences/Workshops/Events page on www.AgCareers.com or e-mail: email@example.com. *Percentages do not total 100; respondents were allowed to select multiple responses. Results are calculated dividing the number of responses by respondents.
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