That's a really good question. The cost of hiring and the impacts of turnover on a business are often very much underestimated. The estimates are all over the place in terms of the figures. We've done some research on that, and we have cost of turnover calculators so that those who are in this industry can assess exactly how much it costs for them to lose somebody on their farm and in their location.
What you're losing is all the time and attention you spent on creating job descriptions, doing the ad, sifting through the applicants, interviewing them, getting somebody into the position, and then training them. When they leave, it has an impact on your business, your production, your customers, and your other staff. If you have to put anybody in place to cover their shifts, it can be quite costly.
It's really important that businesses understand how to do that, and how to do that well, so we offer some training around that but also some tools.
Earlier, there was a question around succession planning and how many people have a plan in place. We've done some research on that. Only 25% of farms have an HR plan, and of those, only 25% actually ever update it.
That could mean that at one time they created a plan, but it's something like a business plan that needs to be constantly thought about, updated, and planned for, so that you have the right people in the right positions to take your business to where you want it to go in the future. Hiring Canadians for the positions is always the first priority, but when you can't find them, it absolutely does apply to the international workers you're bringing in.