In the first few days of work, employees can be overwhelmed with new procedures. After a few weeks, follow up with the employees to discuss why each task is completed. Getting the “why?” aspect of training across will help them understand the role their job plays while keeping them motivated and performance levels high.
- SOPs. Since the manager can be everywhere at once, standard operating procedures (SOPs) spell out exactly how procedures should be carried out. SOPs reduce variation in how procedures are done by different people. Although they are a great training aid, Stup notes that they are never a substitute for training. Post SOPs so they are easily found. Provide the document in both English and Spanish so that all staff can easily use and understand the SOPs.
- Incentives. Rewarding employees for their hard work may be a way to boost performance, but it shouldn’t take the place of educating, warns Stup. So, if you want employees to do a better job in your reproduction program, Stup suggests an incentive for improved pregnancy rates. First, make sure everyone understands how their job helps achieve higher pregnancy rates. Along with the incentive, provide continued training and feedback so rather than relying on the incentive to drive improvement, you also provide a teaching moment.
- Refreshers. Even when someone has been completing the same job for a long time, they may need to be refreshed to avoid bad habits. Refresher breeding courses are a great example of how managers can help employees remember what’s important to the breeding program.
Improving employee performance is an ongoing task. By providing proper training, helpful feedback and decision-making opportunities, employee performance and your reproductive program can both reach high levels. Your herd’s reproductive program is dependent on employee knowledge; your commitment to making the employee program a success is more than worth the investment.