Employee Management

What Are Some New Technologies for Improving Pork Producers?

New Technologies for Pork Producers - Video Monitoring and Web-Based LearningVideo Monitoring and Web-Based Learning Mr. Earl Dodson, K·Coe Isom, covers several technologies to help address animal welfare and worker safety in farm operations. Video monitoring and web-based learning are important to help improve the education of staff and to help farms be compliant with their customers' need to see what is happening on farm [video].

Have You Reviewed Your Employee Compensation?

Compensation in Pork Production - PORK AcademyCompensation in Pork Production - PORK Academy Karen Hoare, National Pork Board, shares recent research on pork farm labor compensation. In summary, pork production compensation is competitive. Ms. Hoare details how the data was collected and aggregated with the help of AgCareers. The presentation also outlines the key findings on wages, staff scheduling, benefits, and visas. [video].

SwineCast 0737, Leman Keynote - Making Rational Management Decisions

SwineCast 0737 Show Notes:
  • Rational decisions are decidedly in the best interest of your business.  So why don't we make them all the time?  Dr. Terry Hurley, economist at the University of Minnesota discussed the issue and offered his insights to the 2012 Leman conference.  Selected comments provide a baseline for your future considerations.

SwineCast 0684, End of Year - Five Leadership Traits For You And Your 'Management Team To Be'

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  • Ian Davis, retired Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company, recently shared his top five leadership traits with Stanford's Graduate School of Business students.  Ian has consulted with major international management leaders, seeing very good... and some not very good management teams.  This half hour program is a great thought provoker for your management team and might be a good point of initiation for the 'up and comers' that are ready for advancement.  Best wishes in the New Year!
  • Link to Ian Davis program oveview and bio
  • Link to YouTube presentation

SwineCast 0560, Improve Your Individual Pig Care Management Skills

mp3SwineCast 0560 Show Notes:
  • The Carthage Vet Service looks at the Pfizer Individual Pig Care™ Course and where Pfizer is headed with the implementation of Individual Pig Care in the latest P's in a Pod podcast.

SwineCast 0479, Leadership Comments from Tony Haywood, CEO of BP

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  • Tony Hayward, CEO of BP (formerly British Petroleum, NYSE: BP), discusses his leadership style and the importance of bringing 'who you are' to the workplace.

Beware of the Latino that says: "Yes, yes, I understand..."

That Latino employee that nods his head up and down and says: “Yes, yes, I understand…” may not really understand what is being said and that can be a real problem for your operation. 

So what’s the big deal, you might ask? 

SwineCast 0458, Engaging Employees Increases Productivity and Profits

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  • Selected information from Carthage Vet Service Annual Swine Conference in Macomb, IL, USA. Dr Larry Firkins describes an engaged employee and illustrates why they are so important to your organization. And how you can encourage engagement regardless of your current financial condition. Feel free to pass this one along to your management team.

Do You Have to Know the Language in Order to Train Your Spanish Speaking Employees?

This is a question that sometimes comes up when discussing the opportunities and challenges of having Spanish-speaking employees in agricultural operations. Often, the perception is that if you don’t know the language, it can be pretty hard to train these individuals to do what you need them to do. Knowing the language helps, but this by itself, won’t guarantee success when training your Spanish-speaking employees.

Sometimes, training is delegated to someone who may be bilingual, but may not have the skills or abilities to train. Other times, we are so busy getting things done, that we run out of time to do the training and when we get to it, we approach it without a well thought-out and organized training plan. Training should be viewed as an investment that will return employees that produce results with consistent quality and will help in your retention efforts.

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