Author Archives: Mark Waschek

About Mark Waschek

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

Thinking Ahead Today For Tomorrow’s Sake

A big challenge that many ag retailers face today is succession planning. The notion of having everyone in place, such that they are ready to make the next step when the opportunity occurs, seems more like a sports analogy than a retail agronomy scenario. Many retail managers miss the opportunity to put a succession plan

The Compensation Equation

Compensation is a necessary element of every business, and it can be an emotional topic for any employee. While the employee is concerned about getting the right amount of return for their efforts and their quality of life, the managers of the business are focused on how they can best budget and allocate their available

Getting Onboarding

Onboarding is a human resource (HR) practice gaining traction throughout the ag industry. This is a process focused on engaging new hires in their job and helping them understand and embrace overall company vision. However, many of us in the retail agronomy business are left asking a simpler question: “How do I get this new

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.

Employee Hiring: Knowing What To Ask

In an era of increased competition and slimmer margins, one of the most critical components to an organization’s success is people. Hiring the right employees will enable you capture the market and take your company to the next level. Hiring the wrong employee can literally cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars. Many managers feel

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