July 27, 2020

Leading through the crisis

On December 31, many of us gathered with family and friends and celebrated the beginning of the new year.  A time of new beginnings, fresh starts, and exciting journeys.  Then the dark, unforgiving cloud of COVID-19 reared its ugly face […]
July 7, 2020

5 Ways to Keep Farm Employees Around Longer

As employers you are careful to hire only the best applicants, and once you have them, you want to keep them. It is no secret that the agriculture industry has a labor problem.  Retention of employees has become a hot […]
June 23, 2020

Standard Operating Procedures don’t have to be Standard

Have you ever wanted to make a certain dish, but the recipe was so long and so monotonousness that you barely got started before you were bored?? Think about starting a new job and the standard operating procedures are the […]
June 18, 2020

How do your cultural preferences fit into your work style ??

Everyone has a childhood.  Regardless if that is a positive or negative experience, that crucial stage in your life is one of rapid growth and development.  Ultimately the environment that you are brought up in will  shape your cultural views […]
June 12, 2020

What Makes An Organization Healthy??

In the June article of National Hog Farmer, Valerie Duttlinger and Kasey Sheldon talk about the components of organizational health within barns.  These concepts can be universal and not just specific to the swine industry.  In this article they state […]
June 10, 2020

16 Types – Do you know your unique type?

Myers Briggs (16 Types) is an assessment that has been around for a long time.  It is based on the theory proposed by a Swiss psychiatrist, who speculated that people experience the world using four principal psychological functions; sensation, intuition, […]
September 20, 2019

Labor Management has a Major Impact on Profitable Swine Production.

New tools used to assess employees within their working environment provide valuable insights into optimizing worker satisfaction and performance – factors that directly and positively impact farm performance,  In this study, the measurement of successful employees was tied specifically to […]
August 21, 2019

Summit SmartFarms Speaks at the Leman Swine Conference on Making Pig Farms Irresistible Places to Work

Topic: The Results of a Study on Employee Performance for Pig Farms In September 2019, Jon Hoek and Valerie Duttlinger with Summit SmartFarms presented at the Leman Swine Conference on the topic of making pig farms irresistible places to work. […]

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