Just because you post a protocol for washing calf bottles above the sink doesn’t mean employees will automatically know what it is for and how to follow it. This kind of “assumacy” can lead to problems — in this case, calf bottles not being cleaned properly. Sam Leadley, calf-care expert at Attica Veterinary Associates in Attica, N.Y., offers these three rules for avoiding “assumacy”:
1. Before asking employees to perform a job by themselves, have them demonstrate that they are proficient in these skills.
2. After you show an employee how to perform a new skill, have the employee repeat the task showing you that they can successfully do it the same way.
3. Tell employees why the task is important during training.
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Once there, click on the “Calving Ease” link and look for the July issue.