What if you’re looking at a change in how you schedule employees’ work time? Wouldn’t it make sense to ask employees what they would prefer? On farms and in other businesses, this has limitations since there are tasks that have to get done on weekends (the cows have to be milked every day), but there is also likely more flexibility than you may think. Sometimes as managers we just can’t see a different way of doing it than how we are currently functioning. As Michigan State University Extension educators talk with dairy managers they have found that work time and schedules vary greatly by farm. Asking employees for input on scheduling, and procedure changes that may impact that scheduling creates another opportunity for you to build on teamwork and it may even help your business become more efficient.
Asking employees for input does not take away from your leadership of the business - you still have to make the ultimate decisions. Asking them for input does emphasizes that as a leader, you understand that employees have valuable experience and knowledge and are best positioned to help move your business forward.