The period before the purchase of the information system was turbulent. High costs in difficult times meant that certain investments were delayed or cancelled in the past. For example, the aging and defective path registration system was not replaced; instead growers switched back to old-fashioned manual labour. However, a good system to keep track of work and harvests has always remained high on the wish list. Last year, room opened up for investments. Through supplier Royal Brinkman Peter Boekestijn got acquainted with Priva’s management information system, FS Performance.
Positive effect on productivity
“Most of all, I was looking for a simple system that everyone on the farm can use. This is essential when you are working with less-educated employees or those who speak a different language. Clear symbols and practical hand terminals that can simply be taken into the field are what I want.” Boekestijn started working with FS Performance at the beginning of this calendar year.
In part based on practical advice from colleagues, he is not yet holding his staff to account for the results that were registered this year. “As a business owner, it is important not to be too strict in the first year like this. But we did start on presenting performance immediately.” It was quickly found that simply making this performance visible and public - with a screen in the canteen - had a positive effect on employee behaviour. “When the computer stopped working while I was on holiday, the manager immediately observed a drop in harvesting capacity. That says it all: people do keep an eye on each other and that keeps everyone sharp.”