Managing Employees

Optimizing Labor Efficiency

Optimizing Labor Efficiency

4/18/2018

Dairy farms everywhere are operating in a tight economic environment, and it is critical to control expenses and maximize income. Labor represents the second-largest category of expense, after feed, for most dairy farms.

With labor representing such a large share of expense, it’s critical for managers to get the most value from their investment. Managers must focus on the fundamentals of performance management first, then pay attention to the many detailed areas that add up to productivity and profitability at the margin.

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Clarity and Fairness: Key Factors in Employee Satisfaction

3/23/2018

Employee management is one of the most challenging aspects of running any business. The challenges are compounded in agriculture, including the dairy industry. First there are the typical challenges – long hours, sometimes extreme conditions, hard physical work, etc. In addition, there are other challenges that do not relate to the work itself. For the most part, frustrations for dairy employees fit into two broad categories: Lack of clarity; and a perceived lack of fairness.

In other words, many dairy workers don’t always know what is expected of them, and, they sometimes feel they are not being treated fairly.

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Teach Employees What They Don't Know They Need

Teach Employees What They Don't Know They Need

2/19/2018

You’ve probably gone through various training scenarios with your employee teams and feel like your employees have the skills and knowledge to fulfill their job duties. Employees themselves might think they’re prepared as well. But in a study published in Harvard Business Review of employees across an array of industries, between 20% and 40% of employees are actually “unconsciously incompetent.” That is, your employees might think they know what they’re doing, but they actually don’t.

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Managing your employees

Top 3 Reasons Why Workers Leave Your Dairy

8/11/2017

If your farm experiences high turnover on a constant basis, it may be time for a self-evaluation to address the reasons why this is occurring.

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Providing Feedback to Employees

6/28/2017

Providing feedback, whether it is on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis is extremely important as you develop great employees.

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You Get the Team You Build

You Get the Team You Build

6/7/2017

Employee management is less about the employee and more about the management. “Your people make your cows, and you make your people."

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