Making new employees feel welcome on your dairy should be a goal for every employer. However, if the new employee has a different cultural background than the rest of the staff, additional preparation and questions should be raised to help insure the new employee will feel at ease when coming on board.

Don Tyler, employee management consultant, Profitable Solutions in Clarks Hill, Ind., recommends dairy managers use this profile to determine whether or not their employee team will welcome and adapt to employees with different cultural backgrounds. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do your employees adapt well to change? Are they patient?
  • Would your team willingly adapt to working with someone with different personal preferences?
  • Could you hire an employee with a different cultural background without hesitation?
  • Do you look forward to having someone from a different culture in your workplace, rather than just looking for “another warm body”?
  • Do your employees talk about friends from other cultures?
  • Do your employees show sincere appreciation for each other’s personal problems?

If you can answer “yes” to each of the questions above, hiring an employee with a different cultural background should not shake up the workforce on your dairy.

If however, you answered “no” to any of the questions above, it indicates your team may not be ready to deal with this type of change right now. Take the opportunity to coach your employees, and build a team environment that will welcome employees with a different cultural background.