Performance management on large dairy units

Some Dairy Farms are now moving into the realm of big business, they have several employees and if people are the greatest creators of value in business, then good performance management are critical for success. Employees must understand what’s expected of them, and to achieve those goals they need to be managed so that they’re motivated, have the necessary skills, resources and support, and are accountable.

Good performance revolves around regular, effective feedback on progress towards objectives. It’s multifaceted, not a technique in itself, and there’s no single best approach. It should align with a business strategy and suit the type of jobs in question.

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Most businesses preach that the key to success is holding employees accountable for their actions; to be successful is all about holding yourself  accountable. You skip the blame and complain game, and make things happen despite major obstacles.

Generosity, Respect, Integrity, and Truth, with accountability being a major component of integrity.

No accountability, person totally unaware of failures. These are employees, managers, who don’t have a clue about what is required or the devastation they leave behind. Usually these people think they are doing a great job, and are totally oblivious. “why am I cleaning the beds Four times a day ?” they know the beds are being cleaned but don’t know why , simple but true .

Use blame and complain in lieu of accepting accountability. Some business people always play the victim, finding someone or some natural force as the cause for all their failures. An example of this would be finger pointing.

People deliver excuses rather than results. It’s easy for an employee to convince themselves that they would have been successful if they had more time, received more help, or had the proper training to do the job. Usually the real culprit is no action, lack of focus,

The next step is to accept ownership and responsibility.

Apply known solutions to predictable tasks and challenges.

Before you start assessing accountability in others, it usually pays to take a hard look at yourself in the mirror.

Effective performance should be frank, yet supportive , conversations that include ongoing feedback.

An example of poor management is not listening to employees when issues arise , the herd cell count has risen dramatically , this is a team effort on a large dairy unit , not the fault of one individual .

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