Create a “we” environment

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Getting employees to put the needs of the dairy or others ahead of their own is a significant challenge, but one that’s worth tackling, says Bernie Erven, professor emeritus of ag economics at Ohio State University. Managers can expect some, if not all, of the following gains when
they create a “we” rather than a
“me” environment:

  • Improved commitment to the business by employees.
  • Increased odds that a teamwork structure will be successful.
  • Easier hiring due to an improved reputation as a good place to work.
  • Reduced employee turnover.
  • Improved problem-solving, including more sharing of ideas and insights.
  • More interest in training and willingness to accept new responsibilities.
  • Higher motivation levels.
  • More self-discipline.


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