FARMANCO STAFF CONFERENCE 2018
We all do it. The annual staff conference looms again and groans are heard across the land. I know I do it.
It is a combination of “How much will be relevant?” “What will they expect from me?” and “The Socializing!” Personally, I am an introvert and I’m exhausted early, just at the thought!
For a business like Farmanco, opportunities to gather are important. All these satellite offices doing their own thing, under the larger umbrella of Farmanco, and people can begin to feel quite isolated.
Our admin support staff are in regular contact with their own consultants or agronomists. The professionals may be lucky to share an office with another, but how often are they all together over a cuppa?
Mundaring staff are perhaps the luckiest in this respect, with the CEO and Chairman of the Board, three consultants and an agronomist in place and three admin support ladies – interspersed with regular visits from various professionals dropping by when on the road. And the regular Friday morning tea is something to be enjoyed, I hear!
Albury is now an office of three, as is Esperance; but all other offices are one-or two-man outposts.
The Farm Management, Agronomy and Grain Marketing teams have regular phone hook-ups – and one or two PD face to face gatherings in a year. The admin support team teleconference once a fortnight, with the CEO. And still, it is easy to feel that you’re on your own and forget or lose touch with the bigger picture and vision of Farmanco.
And so, in October 2018 we all made our way to Mandurah to get together. Everybody had the opportunity to present on their successes, what’s been happening and plans in their ‘neck of the woods’. This was the chance to reintroduce the old-timers and welcome those who are new since last year’s annual gathering.
Strategic Planning and discussion and brainstorming the ‘culture of Farmanco’ took up most of the rest of our conference, interspersed with meals together and ‘friendly’ competition on the lawn bowls green! The activity was chosen due to the ability to catch up and chat while playing, much to the dismay of those voting for go-karting (mainly the admin girls, it seems!).
Mel still had to process our pays, and there were team members (particularly grain marketing) glued to their phones at every opportunity (we had to look after our clients) but we got through two jam-packed days still smiling, more informed and more in touch than ever.
I’m sure the ideas that have come out of the conference mean a lot more work for the admin support staff, so perhaps we won’t be smiling for long 😊. But seriously, we all love our work and keeping busy within Farmanco; so, it’s all good!