If you have been following us for a while you know that we have written about Connected, Protected and Respected before, and each time has a bit of a different twist, but the main message is the same: relationships are key to a successful family farm and people feel safe, physically and emotionally, when they are Connected, Protected and Respected.
In concrete terms for harvest time, what does that look like?
Connected (physical and emotional safety)
Everyone in the team has a way to communicate with the other team members as they plan the day and as they work. This can be high-tech, low-tech or anywhere in between (morning meeting, group text, CB radio, whiteboard, supper meeting).
Protected (physical safety)
Everyone in the team knows how to do their job safely and what to do in the event that something doesn’t go as planned.
Discuss any dangers or special considerations for the location(s) where you are working each day as well as along the routes to and from the location(s)
Have access to and know how to use the fire extinguishers and first aid kits
Keep your phone with you when you exit equipment. Know who to call for help and how to tell them where you are (emergency sign number, legal land description, latitude and longitude)
Respected (emotional safety)
Everyone in the team feels that there is a culture where questions are encouraged. Asking a question is better than proceeding when you are unsure - it is safer, and generally more efficient, which means it is more profitable to be sure of the answer.
Wishing you all a harvest where your family relationships are strengthened as you work together, feeling Connected, Protected and Respected.