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Building a World Class Workforce

A handy guide to good practice in workforce management and development for small businesses.

Written by a business owner after talking to others about what they do that works backed up by a concise summary of the development of HR thought as business has got more systematic.

This book came from a project carried out for the UK's Regional Development Agency for the South East (SEEDA) to develop some general principles about how to build a world class workforce for the horticultural industry. I talked to about 30 growers and unearthed some interesting case studies about innovative ways that real companies had used to develop their workforces.

The second half of the book provides an evidence base and embeds the findings of the research into current management thinking about high performance work practices and current approaches like Lean and Smart Working.

The basic report and case studies (including videos) can be viewed at the Growing Jobs site.

 

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Horticulture is a highly technical industry but is seen as a Cinderella by policy makers and educators as it doesn't fit the usual pattern where qualifications map easily to expertise.

This is of course normal amongst SMEs who continue to baffle the good and the great. The book's influenced strongly by my own experiences of running businesses in IT and horticulture as an organic grower and I have tried to develop insights that are useful to anyone running a small business.

 

 

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