Study Legal, Contractual and Staff Management for Horticultural Enterprises
The ability to manage staff is pivotal in any enterprise (commercial or public); and in a society where law is becoming increasingly complex; the modern horticultural manager also needs to have a firm understanding of basic legal practice. This course focuses on building your capacity to manage staff and legal aspects within the horticultural enterprise.
This is module can either be taken as a module in one of our other study programs or as a stand alone course (Ideal for use as a Professional Development program for persons working in the horticulture industry anywhere in the world).
There are 7 lessons in this course:
The Law and Horticulture 10 hrs
Contract Law 10hrs
Employment Law 10hrs
PBL Financial Management 20hrs
Staff Performance Management 10hrs
Motivating Employees in Horticulture 10 hrs
PBL Management Case Study 30 hrs
Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.
Discuss, examine and evaluate legal systems and laws that are relevant to the management of horticultural enterprises.
Examine, evaluate and debate the elements that comprise the making of valid contracts in the horticulture industry.
Demonstrate an understanding of the principal areas of employment legislation
Compare financial management requirements for a series of optional horticultural enterprises in two or more different countries.
Demonstrate an understanding of the principal areas of performance management & staffing within a business environment.
Determine and apply an understanding of motivation theory to better manage staff performance within a horticultural business environment
Getting the Right Staff makes a Big Difference
If you don't have effective staff; management of operations will be an up hill battle.
Recruitment is the development of a pool of applicants for a job. This can occur internally or externally. Internal recruitment will come from employees already working in the organisation. The advantage is the understanding they already have of the facility and the opportunity to move upward within the organisation may encourage staff to remain with the company, work hard and succeed.
A disadvantage of internal recruitment is lack of skills or talent within existing employees creating a limited applicant pool leading to poor selection decisions.
External recruitment brings in new blood to the organisation which can inspire innovation. The most frequently used source of outside applicants is newspaper advertisements, employee referrals and college campus recruiting. It is becoming more popular for organisations to utilise electronic media such as the Internet both to advertise job openings and to gather applicant information.
Selection of staff can occur through interviews being the most popular ways. Questions asked by the interviewee have to be appropriate and job related. During an unstructured interview different questions are asked of the interviewees and follow up questions can also be asked to find out more about the candidates.
Although selection and recruitment are the main functions on human resource management however employee resourcing should not be seen as a simply as a technique for filling a job.
Employee resourcing can also be seen as:
Ways to make organisational change
Ways to develop and sustain employee commitment
Ways to achieve high levels of performance
This can be achieved by:
Today businesses use varied techniques and criteria to find the right (or best) person for a particular job this may include:
Biographical data – ie. work history
Psychometric tests – to match psychological attributes to the job
Simulated work samples (eg. typing tests)
More emphasis is also being placed on the personality and attitude of applicants rather then just ability. The flow on from this approach is:
New employees are more likely to fit into the corporate/business culture
They are more likely to understand and aspire to company goals
They are more likely to be happy to build a career within the organisation
If you have strong networks, through industry bodies or social media (for example), you may have good prospects for employment waiting in the wings. If not though, you might need help.
Companies often use resourcing professionals to:
For small business however this is often financially prohibitive so they must develop their own selection criteria. In either case the resourcing policies, procedures and systems must correlate with the strategic goals of the business.
How this Course may help you
This course builds on and adds to the financial aspects or running businesses introduced in Operational Business Management I (Horticulture). It also examines the legal aspects of operational procedures usually associated with higher tier management in larger businesses, but which may be part and parcel of daily roles of management in smaller businesses. The inclusion of two large problem based learning projects allows students some flexibility in exploring legal and financial operations pertinent to the sector of the industry they are involved in.
People who may be interested in this course include those who are work in, or who hope to work in:
- Horticulture retail
- Horticulture wholesale
- Plant nurseries
- Landscape businesses
- General horticulture