Discover the key red flags of labour inefficiency and overcome them with our advice on human resource and parlour equipment management.
Labour management greatly influences the farm’s cost of production and work environment. For this reason, human resources should be managed efficiently, ensuring high throughput with the best labour usage and the minimum waste of time and energy.
In fact, excessively long work shifts, lack of communication, and incorrect parlour organisation and management can seriously impact human resources’ workload, leading to poor efficiency and motivation, burnout, and higher turnover, which all represent increased costs.
However, there is good news: efficiency can be gained at all farm sizes and, to help you make a first step in this direction, we asked the advice of Abdelrahman El Ashkar, Regional Sales Manager for Middle East, Africa, Turkey, Greece & Cyprus, and Wulf von Teichman, Regional Sales Manager for Southern Germany, Austria & Switzerland.
In the following lines, we gathered the crucial mistakes that put at stake your farm’s efficiency and profitability, as well as some key allies that can make your farm a better place to work. Make sure not to miss them!
What factors affect labour efficiency?
The first step is to recognise the areas that affect labour and that should be prioritised, otherwise, the risk of inefficiency grows.
The red flags of labour inefficiency
With Wulf and Abdel’s help, we have identified some indicators of wrong human resource management, stemming from the factors mentioned in the previous paragraph.
The initial lack of know-how by new employees, due to insufficient communication and training, leads to, for example, skipping key steps of parlour routine and herd handling routines and tasks, such as:
Insufficient working routine habits increase health problems, such as hyperkeratosis, mastitis, and lameness, whose treatments require additional management, employees’ time, and increased expenses. The stressful working conditions resulting from this situation, and the amount of human and financial resources wasted in managing it, make clear how inefficient and harmful wrong human resource management can be.
Make sure not to miss the next blog update to find our advice on improving labour efficiency!
Date: 30 May 2023 to 31 December 2098