Developing a Farm Culture at Work

By Jaret Horbatiuk

Do you have a city or farm culture at work? And do you know the difference?

Phone calls become texts. Coffee meetings become group chats. The divide between management and labour expands. As more and more tasks become automated and communications go digital, it’s easy to become disconnected. It’s easy to lose touch with your team and your clients.

We love rolling up our sleeves and getting dirty at Tractus. We still believe that the only way to survive is to survive together. That working together as a team and being accountable to each other is the key to success. We work together, we celebrate together and we thrive together.

This quote from Dwight D. Eisenhower caught my attention: “Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you’re a thousand miles from the corn field.”

When was the last time you spoke with your clients face to face after the paperwork was signed? When was the last time you got your boots dirty? When your team needs an extra set of hands, are you ready to help?

The farm culture is about action. It’s about being ready, willing and able to help out wherever you’re needed most. If the key to real estate is location, the key to construction is work ethic. As the author John Bytheway explains, “In the city, we work until quitting time. On the farm, we work until the job is finished.”

Yes that applies to the guys pouring concrete and painting ceilings, but it’s even more important for our management team. It’s teamwork. It’s accountability. It’s about the things that truly matter in an organization.

Is your workplace a family? How often do you get your hands dirty? When is your day done?

Answer those questions and you can learn a lot about your business and ways you can take it to the next level. You’ll learn whether you have a city or a farm culture and what you need to do about it.

Want to learn specific ways to develop a farm culture in your workplace? Give me a call at (204) 942-6035 and we discuss ways to sow the fields of company culture.