I had a good week at Sam’s Club, the other interns and I are really starting to get into the project we are working on as a group called talent recruitment. How to get the best talent to work for Sam’s club from recruiting within the company and outside the company. I am a leader of the sub group of talent recruitment called employee incentives and value. Which is how to make the value of the Sam’s club employee look better to the talent being recruited. The better your employee value is the better the talent you bring into the company. I had a great week and I am looking forward to more.
I’ve started to get into a rhythm here. I’ve adjusted to the long hours and little sleep. One of my main jobs has been in inventory. It’s been really tedious work. We work with a company that does the counting for us, but we do some of the counting and double behind them to make sure its right. It has been exhausting.
My training has been making bits of progress. I’ve moved away some from the videos out more onto the floor. I really don’t think the training videos has been beneficial, but I get their purpose. I have had a hard time staying awake and walking away with something learned. I’ve been doing some delegating and merchandising. I’ve done some safety audits and following up with associates. They finally gave me a name tag and register trained. It came naturally to me, but the other forms of payment, like tax-free audits and WIC will be taking some getting used to. It comes with a lot of trust and detail. I’m getting the hang of everything, but my manager thinks I could use more initiative. When it comes to areas I’m not excited about, I show little enthusiasm.
I am developing a better relationship with the staff, which makes it easier to get the work done. I appreciate that even though a lot of the associates are around my age, they can still respect my authority and still see me as a peer beyond it all. I struggle a bit with some, but it is work in progress.
I haven’t been overwhelmed yet, but I feel like it is coming. I still have a project on rotating products that I have to work on. And I still have a lot of managerial training to tackle. I’m looking forward to the coming weeks and to make the decision if this is the right place for me.
This was an exciting week at JBS Carriers. I was given the opportunity to spend a day with a live haul truck driver. A live haul truck driver hauls live fat cattle from the feedlots to the beef processing plant in Greeley. The day I spent with him was long but also an amazing learning experience to see what a truck driver deals with on a regular basis. I have never rode in a semi-tractor especially with it fully loaded with cattle. I never realized how many things that a driver has to worry about like how strong the wind is, stopping distance especially with 40,000 pounds of cattle on the trailer, and how far ahead a driver has to watch for other vehicles. I also thought it was interesting that the drivers have to load their own cattle. Once the cattle leave the scale at the feed yard they are now the property of JBS and therefore the drivers that are hauling for JBS have to load those cattle. Riding with the driver was definitely a great experience and in my opinion I believe anyone who is working with the truck drivers should spend a day riding with them just so they have an understanding of what the truck driver is dealing with, which can make them better at their job.
The attached document is a crop condition report for edible beans, nation wide. It is a document that shows what percentage of beans are planted and what condition the beans are in. This is a great document because it shows how planting varies throughout the country and what is expected from the bean crop this year.
So far, the beans are off to a good start. The Michigan crop is also looking good so far. The main producer of beans in the United States is North Dakota, followed by Michigan. It is not a huge crop for the nation but an extremely valuable one.
At ADM, our main customer is Bush Brothers and Campbell’s soup.
I chose to share this article because it pertains to a lot of things that we are dealing with at work currently. We are trying to address the wet conditions, helping farmers with replants, and getting fertilizer on the fields that are struggling as quickly as we can to save the fields. It will be interesting to see how yields turn out. It is definitely something to watch and I have a feeling their are lots of farmers in this area praying their fields turn out ok. I will for sure keep my eye on the situation and what prices do in the coming weeks.
This week was our answer plot event in Gagetown, MI. This first session was an agronomy event where we just went over basic agronomy and any questions that growers may have regarding this seasons tough growing season. The big talk was the rapid growth in corn across the thumb that we have been seeing this year. It has been found that no yield disadvantage comes from rapid growth it just makes the corn look bad. Another big issue was soybeans and trying to injure them to produce more nodes. Some guys were mentioning spraying cobra to give the beans a burn and other guys were mentioning rolling them in the VE stage to promote injury. All of our agronomist explained there is no hard proven data out there regarding a yeild advantage to injuring soys. The one thing that they did say that is new and upcoming and could be a great option in next few years is the use of a growth regulator to help promote node formation. Winfield has seen a pretty large yield advantage to using ascend at the R2 stage of soys. Last year the studies showed an 11 bushel increase with ascend and manganese foliar at the R2 stage. I am replicating this trial again on my farm and a few other locations to see if we can see the same results.
Now that we are approaching the end of the month, our region has a matrix that shades us based on sales performance.The top seventy five of the matrix gets shaded on the highest yield, the best customer service rating, and the best dealership and body shop and insurance sales. Currently I am number three amongst interns and seventh in my area after weeks of being number one in both categories. I am trying to finish shaded in the top 75 so I can receive a bonus of 250 dollars, and sickout amongst full time employees so I can get a offer before they even go out. The matrix makes you aware of whois good at what they do, and makes it easier to look for mentors within the company.
I love my training experience. I have a good trainer who goes over different sales paths in order to help us out in the field. The training is very extensive and intense. I hear that our training is very good and other companies look for us as interns because they recognize our program as being a very good one. At our training its good to link up with the interns and enjoy each others company. It feels great to be around people your age who can identify what your going through as an intern. At our training we meet a lot of people including our regional vice president who makes millions of dollars a year. All in all I love the training because it is a great get away from the strenuous work we do in the branches from day to day and everything is paid for.
My fourth week at Enterprise has been rather interesting. I am learning more about the dealership side of the business from working in our satellite branches. The first thing I have to say the culture is very different. The mechanics are cool for the most part, but you do have the ones who try to give you a hard time while working. It is rather frustrating because it interferes with your sales. A lot of them will tell customers ahead of time not to take our coverage, making it harder to sell on our tickets. However, you still must overcome objections and try to sell well because it affects your DIB, which is your dealership and bodyshop sales rating. All in all I sell pretty poorly and it is something I must improve upon.
This week has been slightly picking up in tempo around the Plant in Constantine. I have had a meeting every day this week with the exception of Tuesday. For Pioneer, June is considered safety month. So most of the meetings are basically preparing new workers or reminding others about all the safety precautions to take while in the fields this summer. Other than that it has been a very rainy week for the fields and the soil could not possible need any more saturation in my area. Roguing season is also beginning tomorrow.