The changing face of the agribusiness workplace

Guelph, Ontario, Canada

How farmers grow crops and manage livestock is forever changing. That evolution of agriculture is also reshaping how agribusinesses operate, as companies compete for talent and aim to create a workplace to best support their business, products, and farmer customers.

Last week, Syngenta Canada opened the doors to its newly-renovated office at Guelph, Ont., to share the company’s vision and strategy for the future of its workplace. Trevor Heck, Syngenta Canada’s CEO, says the renovations really reflect the technological, generational, and social shifts that are influencing work, workforces, and workplaces.

“The project started about five years ago. We sat down as a leadership team, and we started talking about talent, because at that point in time, it was getting challenging to fill jobs,” says Heck. “We knew that in Guelph or Calgary, where our two main offices are, that we wouldn’t be able to draw all the talent from those particular markets. And we would have to start moving to a combination of having people in an office and having remote talent across Canada.”

Like all businesses, the company then had to deal with the challenges of working through COVID-19. In this video report, Heck tells RealAgriculture’s Bernard Tobin how the Guelph office, a state-of-the-art pilot office for Syngenta globally, is designed to provide the flexible remote work options employees have come to expect, as well as the ability to collaborate, both in-person and virtually, that a science and innovation company needs to be successful.

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