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Most challenges are related to people,
and meeting those challenges is a
matter of 'executing the basics'
Duncan, when speaking to hatchery and breeder
managers, says the No. 1 complaint is never how many
eggs the turkeys are laying, or the current disease
threat. It is staffing.
The turkey industry, and the workplace as a whole,
has changed a lot over the past 30 years, Duncan said.
Turnover rates are high, and so are employee expectations. Gone are the days when a worker was asked to
do something and they did it without question. Now
employees want to know why they are expected to finish a certain task.
Duncan referred to "help wanted" signs that touted
signing bonuses, but those bonus offers have done little
good to attract good employees.
Duncan said staffing challenges will continue to be
an issue in coming years, so it is best to try to understand the issues as well as possible.
Workers want to know they are safe on the job and
that their employers take safety seriously.
"Is safety the first word out of your mouth in the
hiring process? It should be," said Duncan.
Duncan told convention attendees that workers
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Gerald Duncan, agriculture operations adviser for
Cargill Turkey Products, believes that five of the biggest challenges facing turkey breeder and hatchery
managers all have a common denominator: people.
While speaking at the 2018 Midwest Poultry
Federation Convention in Minneapolis on March 13,
Duncan told managers in attendance addressing these
challenges is a matter of "executing the basics."
"If you focus on these things every day when you walk
through the door, you'll be doing your job," said Duncan.