Human Capital/Employee Relations Resources from the Coalition of Companies that Care:
Do your employees know what’s out of bounds?
An animal-handling policy can help ensure that your employees play by the rules of your operation.
Sibling succession also needs a voice
An evaluation of the business arrangement between two brothers last year illustrates a not-uncommon problem on family farms.
Changing paradigms brings positive results
You can teach an old dog new tricks.
Think like a CFO
Focus your attention on the financial side of your business.
Can ‘me, me, me’ be good for workplace ‘we’?
Study says employees with an inflated ego may be good in small doses.
Electronic I-9 rule finalized
Department of Homeland Security says it has addressed specific concerns many employers had expressed during the public comment period.
Improve family communication
How can a dairy farm family actually work together each day, but really never communicate with each other? It’s actually easy to do.
Get results by asking the right questions
What is the most powerful question you have ever been asked? While you may not immediately know the characteristics of a powerful question, it is actually quite easy to recognize one.
Where’s your employee housing agreement?
Without an employee housing agreement, you are facing potential liability.
Recruit the best
Whether it’s taking your football team to the Super Bowl or producing the highest-quality milk, you need to recruit the best.
When will immigrant workers emerge from the shadows?
With the nighttime temperature a chilly 16 degrees, those who attended a candlelight vigil for José Obeth Santiz Cruz were bundled up in coats, scarves, hats and gloves.
While markets have been going down, your job is to keep your employees up.
Get Creative With Compensation
Here are some ways to reward employees for a job well done, no matter the economy.
Organize your dairy for success
Dairies often undergo significant organizational change. For example, the dairy may expand or diversify, add or remove a major section or practice, such as calf- and heifer-raising, or it may change the very nature by which it operates by becoming more vertically integrated in the food chain.
Do your payroll practices add up?
Unbeknownst to you, there could be holes in your payroll and record-keeping practices.
Family harmony vs. family conflicts
When family members work together in a multi-generation dairy farm, some families are surrounded by harmony while other families seem to struggle from trying to resolve one conflict after another.
Now is not the time for team cuts
Through this horrible downturn, we’ve all figured out which “extra” services we can cut — an employee here, a feed additive there. Maybe you’ve changed your barn chemicals or teat dip to a less-expensive brand or trimmed the price you’re willing to pay for semen or bulls.
Motivating in this environment
Getting employees to do their best work — especially under the trying circumstances we are living through right now in our industry — has always been a challenge for managers.
Don’t confuse discipline with performance issues
Those of you who manage people have undoubtedly had situations where someone is not performing up to expectations. And, you probably have some rules in place to handle situations that are more clear-cut disciplinary.
The power of 10
I found the book “10-10-10” when looking for employee-motivational materials. Conceived and written by Suzy Welch, this concept provides a framework in which nearly all decisions can be structured.