Attention to detail is a key to success in farming operations and most other businesses. It's a matter of motivation, says Lee Gross, educator at St. Cloud with the University of Minnesota Extension Service.
"Successful farm managers learn how to motivate employees and contributing family members to pay attention to critical details," says Gross. "It's not a matter of making people do something. They have to want to do it. That's what motivation is."
Gross offers these ideas to help motivate workers to attend to critical details:
It's not easy – it takes serious effort to convey these messages to your workers on a regular basis, says Gross. It may be necessary to write reminders on your calendar. But the effort can produce abundant benefits.
"People who are appreciated are motivated," he says. "People who are valued are motivated. People having fun are motivated. People who know they matter to the organization or family are motivated. And motivated people do great things."