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Human Relations

Human Relations

This section addresses skills, strategies, and resources for managing relationships, including reviews and evaluations, conflict and grievance resolution, disciplinary action, and policies against harassment.

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Respect, Behavior, & Expectations
Workplaces, like every community, function best when their members relate to each other in healthy, respectful ways. Community agreements are a tool for setting both boundaries and aspirations for behavior and ways of relating.
Against Harassment
Setting policies against harassment and intimidation, including adopting a specific policy against sexual harassment, as required by law.
Negotiation & Freedom of Association
AJP standards require that employers negotiate with employees, and buyers negotiate with sellers, in good faith. Employers must also respect employees’ freedom of association, the right to join together with others for mutual benefit.
Feedback & Evaluations
AJP requires regular performance reviews for employees, at least once a year. Guidance and resources for providing helpful feedback and two-way evaluations.
Conflict Resolution
AJP standards require that every farm have a conflict resolution process that includes a clear way for employees to present grievances without fear of retaliation. We include examples and resources here.
When disputes arise between an employee and an owner or other figure of authority, power disparities may make it hard to follow an internal conflict resolution process. AJP provides an additional venue for hearing grievances for businesses that are Food Justice Certified.
Discipline & Termination
AJP standards require a business to have a written, multi-stage disciplinary process.
All Resources
All links and resources from human relations toolkit pages.