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Retaining Ag Employees is Top Concern

With the war for talent becoming more intense in this job seekers’ market, retaining employees is increasingly becoming a top concern in order to remain competitive. AgCareers.com conducted the “Retention Practices in the Agriculture Industry” survey asking HR and recruitment professionals to benchmark their current retention efforts and provide insight into impactful tactics.

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Retaining Ag Employees is Top Concern

By Kristine Penning, AgCareers.com

With the war for talent becoming more intense in this job seekers’ market, retaining employees is increasingly becoming a top concern in order to remain competitive.

AgCareers.com conducted the “Retention Practices in the Agriculture Industry” survey in late 2019. The survey asked human resource and recruitment professionals in the agricultural industry to benchmark their current retention efforts and provide insight into impactful tactics.

Nearly 90% of agribusiness participants felt concerned about their organization’s employee retention. Just 13% expressed indifference toward current employee retention within their organizations. Most participating employers seemed to agree that their concern over retaining employees had increased over the last couple of years.

Looking ahead to the next two years, more than half of participants felt that their concern over employee retention would increase, while nearly 40% felt it would remain the same.

When we look at employee groups, agribusinesses were most concerned with retaining hourly/non-exempt employees.

As for career types, participating employers cited the most concern over retaining technical and skilled-level roles. This category is followed by production level roles (i.e. manufacturing, live production).

What makes an employee stay? The survey also asked employers to share, based on their measurements, what factors impact retention. Discover these and additional trends in the “Retention Practices within the Agriculture Industry” survey; download the full report on AgCareers.com now.

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