PoultryUSA - August 2018 - 15
EMPLOYEES LEAVE OR STAY
through Friday work week; direct communication; the direct supervisor taking the time to get to know employees;
good benefits; mentoring programs; and retention teams.
Communication helps retention
Based on the results of the survey, Spencer concluded
communication between the supervisor and the employee
is critical for turnover. His association is now working on
a program to help train supervisors in more effective communication. It will include training on positive and negative
forms of communication, how to conduct impactful job
reviews with the workforce, and better understanding financial management as a supervisor in the poultry industry.
Spencer said the objective of this training program is
to empower new supervisors and give them the tools to
start off on the right foot and effectively communicate
with the workforce. Fostering an "open door" environment with the workers will hopefully help improve reten-
Poultry employees say they leave because of long
hours and tough working conditions.
US Poultry & Egg Association
tion in the long term.
For now, Spencer recommended that companies that
are conducting surveys or interviews with their employees
make use of the data they collect. Companies should use it
to develop employee retention strategies and inform their
policies going forward. ■
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