Author Archives: Mark Esfeld

About Mark Esfeld

Esfeld is a partner in Ag1Source, the largest agricultural recruiting and personnel solutions organization in North America.

Why Employees Leave

One of the biggest challenges in successfully managing an agronomy retail operation is keeping your top employees. Every day, we visit with retailers across the country that are lamenting over the loss of a key employee and need us to find a suitable replacement. Unfortunately, when we ask these organizations about why the employee left,

Lock On, Lock In: 5 Hiring Tips

Picture this: You have been interviewing job applicants and the candidate you want to hire just walked out of your office. How confident are you that you can get this person hired? Your actions as a hiring manager in the next 48 hours will greatly affect your odds in getting that candidate on your team.

Picking The Right Future Employee

In today’s economy, organizations are seeking every opportunity they can to reduce costs and increase margins. Marketing plans, purchasing strategies, and asset management are typically three of the most common ways to increase profits. Unfortunately, the one item that costs ag retailers hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of dollars each year is often overlooked.

10 Steps To Keep Good Employees

A wise manager we know coined a phrase that really rings true in today’s retail agronomy business: “An employee takes a job to put food on the table, but they stay with a company because they see a future.” The term “seeing a future” is a complex and somewhat subjective topic. However, what can be

Recruiting: Easy As 1-2-3

There’s a secret behind the business success measured in tons and traits sold. It’s talent, and today’s agribusinesses are learning that this commodity is becoming increasingly scarce. But it doesn’t have to be difficult to acquire. In fact, hiring the industry’s best and brightest can be as easy as 1-2-3 when companies implement strategies to