2019 Resolutions You Can Actually Keep—and Benefit From
Because most New Year’s resolutions are more times than not broken within hours, days or weeks of January 1, Bob Milligan, a management and labor specialist with Dairy Strategies, LLC, suggests considering one of these four that will actually benefit you, your business and your employees:
- Attend a leadership or supervision workshop and use what you learn. “This should be a day-long or preferably a multi-session course or workshop taught by someone who is well-versed in 21st century concepts of supervision and/or leadership,” he says. “It need not be agriculturally focused; if not, it is better if it is family- or small-business oriented.”
- “Prepare for and hold a ‘stay meeting’ with each of your employees,” he suggests. The focus should be on the employee’s future with your farm, including increasing responsibilities and career opportunities.
- Commit to be a better listener. Listening is an active, not passive task. “Develop a habit of pausing to collect your thoughts before responding is a great way to improve communication,” Milligan says.
- Improve the quantity and quality of the feedback you provide partners and employees. “Remember that there are three types of feedback, not two: Positive for good performance or behavior; Redirection for unacceptable performance or behavior when the employee is not at fault; Negative feedback as a last resort when the unacceptable performance or behaviors were clearly due to the employee’s efforts, motivation or actions,” says Milligan.