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How to build and maintain the most effective team of cannabis growers

Published Feb 2, 2023 10:00 a.m. ET
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Even with all of the best tools and information at our disposal growing cannabis isn’t always easy and managing entire production teams be it in a greenhouse, on a farm, or in some other indoor facility is even more challenging with so many moving parts. While paying close attention to the needs of a crop and utilizing tools that help to make operations more efficient, it’s essential to manage your team in a way that’s nurturing and supportive of new growth.

By following these four pointers, you’ll be well on your way to ensuring the success of your cannabis-growing facility.

Engage with team members and try to understand where they’re coming from

Cultivation managers are responsible for establishing a healthy work environment where growers and other floor workers can feel comfortable and able to complete tasks without anyone or anything getting in the way. The only way to do this successfully is by paying close attention to each employee's role, weaknesses, and strengths. Whether it’s one on one, or in a big team meeting that happens consistently and reliably, it’s important to make sure you know as much as you can about the people your organization relies on to thrive and grow.

Set out clear roles, and boundaries, and don’t hide your expectations

As an organization grows one of its top priorities should be to define clear roles, rules, and expectations so that production teams know where they stand, and precisely how to spend their time in a way to deliver positive results. When those lines get blurred, and too many people are wearing numerous hats, it’s far too easy for employee roles to overlap, which could leave empty spaces that could make it much more challenging to cultivate efficiently.

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Encourage further education

In any field, there is nothing more valuable than an employee that stays up to date on all the latest information, data, and scientific studies pertaining to their craft. The problem is that this endeavor can be incredibly expensive and time-consuming swallowing up resources that not all production team members may have to use in this way. Instead of placing the burden on production workers, green companies should arrange things like field trips to classrooms, or certain days spent taking online courses. There are many options available, and some are really affordable when purchased in bulk, so this is a great way to improve the lives of growers and your company.

Give credit where it’s deserved

When any company succeeds it’s due to the passion, diligence, reliability, and greatness of its workers, which is why it’s so essential to show them a little appreciation when it can. Every gesture from the smallest offerings like a raise, or a pizza party, to something far more extravagant like a company-paid vacation will improve morale among workers and build loyalty among the team. Happy people are always more productive and paired with all that bonding there’s sure to be less arguing or disagreements. Production managers and owners should take a moment and give credit where credit wherever and whenever it’s due.

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