Dairy managers surveyed (Grusenmeyer D and Maloney T. In –depth look at Hispanics on dairies. Northeast Dairy Business (The Manager). December, 2004, Page 51. ), noted that promoting immigrant workers into higher – level positions is challenging due to language barriers. However, most Latino workers surveyed aspire to learn new skills or improve existing skills in order to be promoted within the dairy organization. My take from this survey is that many Latino dairy employees value training which is a form of education to improve their skills and be promoted within the dairy operation.
DHM: Be aware there are cultural differences between Hispanics from Latin countries.
Just because a Guatemalan, Chilean and Mexican speak the same language does not mean they are the same. Each one has a different cultural background, just like British and Americans. “The differences may be subtle and small, but they are there,” says Gonzalez. “A better understanding of these cultural differences has allowed me to improve my employee management and move some Hispanic employees into middle-manager positions,” says a Texas Panhandle dairy producer. “In turn, I can spend my time focusing on big picture things like futures markets, feed management and human resources.”Understanding of these cultural differences will make you a more efficient, productive and profitable dairy, says Fuhrmann.
CAR: Excellent point that is substantiated by research (Garcia-Preto, N. (2005). Latino Families: An Overview. In M. McGoldrick, J. Giordano and N. Garcia-Preto (eds.) Ethnicity and Family Therapy. Guilford Press: NY; Gloria A. M., and Segura-Herrera, T. A. (2004). Somos Latinas and Latinos in the United States. In D. R. Atkinson (ed.) Counseling American Minorities. McGraw Hill: NY. We need to work hard with our producers so that they understand these differences, which to me is the foundation of good Latino employee communication.
Please excuse me if I am being pedantic, over sensitive or trying to be politically correct. My comments are not personal and I certainly do not wish to attack you, I am simply sharing with you my interpretation of the article, which after all is my opinion of course. I encourage you to continue writing about this topic and if I can be of any assistance please let me know.
Professor, Food Animal Reproduction and Medicine Service
University of Florida