Subject: Human Resource Management
M. Khasro Miah, Ph.D.
Associate professor, North South University
Faisal Nasir Khan ID#102- 0576-060
Raquib Mahmud ID#102- 0708-560
Mahmudul Alam Chowdhury ID#102- 0919-060
We would like to express our most sincere gratitude and appreciation to our course instructor Dr. M. Khasro Miah ( Associate Professor, North South University) for giving us the opportunity to make this project. To be honest, we were little bit bogged before starting this project. Class lectures helped us to get rid of this problem. So, we are indebted to our course teacher Dr. M. Khasro Miah for his outstanding class lectures which made this work much easier. Our honorable sir also made the class more interesting introducing different kinds of discussion regarding to various issues which cover HRM. That’s why a major part credit goes to him. Also thanks to Milk Vita’s Assistant Manager (procurement) Kanti Mondal for helping us providing information related to human resource management of dairy farm. Thanks to Almighty for giving us potential to bring this Project into reality.
Human Resource management has several sections to explore. In this Human Resource Management Course (BUS-601), we have been given the topic based on Human Resource Management Practices in Bangladesh: A Comparative Case Study based on public and private dairy firm in Bangladesh. To conduct the project, we have selected three dairy farms. Among one is state owned named as Milk Vita. Others are private dairy farms named as Aarong dairy farm and Aftab dairy farm. We focused to reveal the Human Resource practices in respective farms. Effectiveness and efficiency of Human Resource system is also pointed out in this paper. Providing the introduction regarding to dairy farms, we started our project. Then we showed the present scenarios of dairy production all over the Bangladesh. After that, limelight is given on the Human resource practices in Bangladesh. It includes recruitment and selection (R&S), training, promotion, employee compensation, performance appraisal, transfer and posting, grievances, diversity management, employee testing & selection, establishing strategic pay plans etc. We introduced the dairy farms giving the very basic introduction about them. We also plotted the difference between the practice of Human resource system in Bangladeshi dairy farms and those existing outside. For Bangladeshi dairy farms, we have developed a research based questionnaire which contains some questions about the qualification, educations, skills of the employees etc. Taking the help from internet we plotted the present status of Human Resource practices in the dairy farms outside Bangladesh. We also took interview of officer level personnel working inside the dairy farm. Over phone we took interview of private dairy farms personnel. We developed a questionnaire which was objective type. It focuses the employee status of the respective farms. These include salary and motivation factors, training and developments, employee commitment, and employee satisfaction etc. Surprisingly, we found that most of private dairy farms HR department is busy in providing only recruitment and selection service. The state owned dairy farm Milk Vita does not have any Human Resource department. Their selection procedure is done by the higher officials of the organization. The worker level recruitment is done here mostly by references without any formal and structured interview. Our findings found that recruitment in state-owned Milk Vita does not have transparency at all. The turnover rate of officer level is almost zero because of having very relaxed and securitized job. Finally, we have proposed a Human Resource model for the concerned dairy farms. Over there, we put highlight on unbiasedness, responsiveness, activeness and monitoring. We encouraged them to develop a Strategic Human Resource Management (SHRM) to meet the existing problems sharply. We also provided them the HR paradigm in order to attain the organizational goal in a more responsive way.
Dairying is nearly always a part of mixed farming systems in Bangladesh. It has a direct impact on income generation, poverty alleviation and availability of animal protein. Quantification of the contribution of livestock, including poultry, shows that dairying is the predominant source of income generation. (Miyan 1996) Bangladesh currently has a high demand for fresh dairy products but imports about 40 percent of the milk it consumes. This presents an opportunity for dairy farmers to expand their businesses and supply milk within their own country. The growth of dairy firm was witnessed from time to time. In rural Bangladesh, both men and women are largely contributing to agricultural and economic productivity through dairy firm. Specially, the involvement of rural women in dairy firms is highly appreciating. Milk provided by dairy firms is wide acceptable all over the country. The major constraints to dairy cattle production are the shortages of quality feeds and fodder, the breeds of cattle, poor management practices, and limited access to veterinary care and disorganized marketing systems. In addition, there is a lack of institutional support, research and training, which would be beneficial to the farming environment. Proper implementation of Human resource management can solve this purpose to some extent. (M. Saadullah) Several private dairy firms have been developed in order to meet the demand of dairy related facts. But the government of Bangladesh owns only one dairy firm. It is Milk Vita. This dairy farm is serving on a large scale throughout the country. Lack of prudent strategies and policies put the government owned Milk-vita into a troublesome position. But, still a large percentage of consumers rely on this institution highly. This is because of their variation of products and keeping the low price compare to the market.
Present status and impacts of dairy production on small holder dairy systems The majority of dairy farms in Bangladesh are privately owned. Entrepreneurs are also getting involved in small-scale and commercial dairy farming in urban and peri-urban areas through micro-credit programs, provided by Grameen Bank and NGOs, which are aimed at poverty alleviation. On the basis of primary use of cows, farm size and use of dairy products, dairying may be classified into the following four categories (i) Dairying for home consumption,
(ii) production from dual-purpose cows (draft and milk), (iii) small-scale dairy farming and
(iv) Commercial dairy farming (Table-1). [ (Saadullah) ] Table1: Classification of dairy farms based on primary use of cows, farm size and use of dairy products. Farm type | Number of cows/farm| Ownership|
1.| Household dairy
Milk produced for home consumption and surpluses of milk are converted into market sales | 1–3| Usually large- and medium-sized households| 2. | Dual-purpose cows (draft and milk)
Seasonal surpluses of milk are converted into market sales| 2–6| All types of household as secondary activities| 3.| Small dairy farms
Milk and milk products are converted into market sales | 2–5| Small- and medium-sized livestock households (mostly with government incentive, NGO or co-operative support)| 4.| Medium dairy farms
Milk and milk products are converted into market sales| 6–25| Medium-sized household/private small commercial dairy farm (mostly with Government incentive, NGO or co-operative support)| 5.| Large dairy farms
Milk and milk products are converted into market sales| 26 and above| Private commercial dairy farms| There are eight government owned dairy farms in Bangladesh. These are mostly used as breeding farms and for the supply of heifers to small-scale farmers. Moreover, various NGOs in the country, such as Grameen Bank, BRDB (Bangladesh Rural Development Board), PROSHIKA and BRAC have very large livestock development projects. These projects target landless and marginal farmers, particularly women, as part of their rural development and income-generation activities. Mostly, they provide credit facilities and some of them provide support services to small-scale dairy farms. These activities are implemented in collaboration with the Department of Livestock Services, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh. [ (Saadullah) ] Human Resource Practices in Bangladesh
Human resource management (HRM) refers to the policies and practices involved in carrying out the Human resource (HR). Human resource management is a package including human resource planning, job analysis, recruitment, selection, orientation, compensation, performance appraisal, training and development, and labor relations (Dessler, 2007). HRM is also composed of the policies, practices, and systems that influence employees’ behavior, attitude, and performance (Noe, Hollenbeck, Gerhart, and Wright, 2007). In Bangladesh HR planning is developing gradually.HR planning addresses the critical issues and develops the way to implement policies, practices and processes. HR strategies basically define what an organisation wants to do. HR Strategies clarify the needs of stakeholders. These also ensure the mission & vision of concerned company. Human resource planning forms the most important component of modern organizations. The success of an organization depends highly, on having right persons in right positions. That’s why human resource management at not only Bangladesh but also all over the world has acquired significance in current organizations. Theoretically and practically it is now implementing in Bangladesh. Theorists and practitioners attach a considerable importance on the need for ensuring an efficient and effective use of proper Human Resources Planning. In Bangladeshi aspects HRM planning show the logical relationships between various elements of human resource management and underscore the importance of integrating them with the overall framework of the organization. (Huda, 2007) However, in Bangladesh, human resource study focuses more on changing position of the subsidiaries and their relationship with changes in HRM practices. Further, though multinationals are focusing on developing and emerging economies, research on HR practices of those countries still appeared to very little. But findings from their study could be used by academicians and HRM practitioners of Bangladesh to initiate further research and policy initiative. (Monowar Mahmood) HRM planning in Bangladesh as for in general sense providing a common HR planning some selective techniques, as like following- (Billah, 2009) Recruitment and Selection (R&S), Training, Promotion, Employee compensation, Performance appraisal, Transfer and Posting, Grievances, Diversity Management, Employee testing & selection, Establishing strategic Pay Plans etc. In Bangladesh, strategic human resource management (SHRM) practices and cultures have generally adopted on the one hand. The assumption is that organizations develop a culture of their own that is distinct from the national and industry contexts in which the organization is embedded. Thus the potential impact of external environmental factors on organizational culture is ignored. On the other hand, some researchers and scholars have questioned the validity and reliability of national culture-SHRM practices research. (Peter K’Obonyo) Overall, Human Resource practice in Bangladesh is surely better than the past. In the past, Human Resource role was concentrated in hiring & firing in Bangladeshi organizations. Recently it has initiated to perform more than that. So, situation has been changed. Specific sections of human resource e.g. employee motivation, employee development, employee retention, facilitating organizational development initiatives etc. are being focused now. Therefore Human Resource is contributing to the achievement of organizational goals in Bangladesh. This practice is considering as a value added services in a country like Bangladesh. Now, almost every organization in Bangladesh introduced Human Resource department for a brighter future and welfare of the organization. Bangladeshi national and corporate culture, society and values of people Bangladeshi national culture
Bangladesh is the most densely populated nation in the world. With approximately 15.5 million inhabitants living in an area of 55,813 square miles, there are about 2,640 persons per square mile. The majority of the population (98 percent) is Bengali, with 2 percent belonging to tribal or other non-Bengali groups. Approximately 83 percent of the population is Muslim, 16 percent is Hindu, and 1 percent is Buddhist, Christian, or other. Annual population growth rate is at about 2 percent which is pretty high. (www.everyculture.com) Bangladeshi Culture & Society
1. Bangladesh is a hierarchical society
2. People are respected because of their age and position. 3. Older people are naturally viewed as wise and are granted respect. 4. Bangladeshis expect the most senior male, by age or position. 5. Most of the businesses are family oriented business
Meeting & Greeting
1. Greetings usually take place between members of the same sex 2. The hand shake is common fact for literate society.
3. The traditional greeting for Muslims is Assalamu Alaikum 4. In general, age dictates how people are addressed. [ (www.kwintessential.co.uk/resources/global-etiquette/bangladesh) ] The national culture of Bangladesh is almost same in everywhere. We prefer collectivism rather than individualism. The values of people are quite similar with each other. Society does not allow unethical practices, but a large number of people are involved doing so. In most of the organizations, same traditional culture has been developed. Only a few organizations are determined to improve their cultural strategy in Bangladesh. Corporate culture of Bangladesh
Bangladeshis are considered as indirect communicators. They tend to communicate in long, rich and contextualized sentences which only make sense when properly understood in relation to body language. It is important for people who come from implicit/direct cultures to understand that their communication styles may be seen as rude and the information provided inadequate. Personal space is less of an issue in Bangladesh than many European cultures. Bengalis stand close when speaking to someone of the same gender and touch is common. However, when speaking with a woman the space is often increased. [ (www.kwintessential.co.uk/resources/global-etiquette/bangladesh) ] Meeting & Greeting
Business etiquette in Bangladesh is reasonably formal. Formal behavior is expected. Men greet each other with a handshake upon arriving and leaving. Foreign men should nod to a Bangladeshi woman unless she extends her hand. This may be use with or without the nickname. [ (www.kwintessential.co.uk/resources/global-etiquette/bangladesh) ] Meetings in Bangladesh are generally the place where decisions are disseminated rather than made. They will usually be led by the most senior present that sets the agenda, the content, and the pace of the activities. Meeting structures are not very linear in Bangladesh. There may be an agenda and a starting time, but they only serve as guidelines. [ (www.kwintessential.co.uk/resources/global-etiquette/bangladesh) ] In most of the government organizations, corporate culture has not been developed. Only a few privately owned organizations like GP, ROBI, and KAFCO etc. are maintaining the corporate culture in Bangladesh. But things are getting changed day by day. Objective of the study
1. Identification of the general Human Resource Practices of public and private dairy firms in Bangladesh to find out whether it is an effective practice or not. 2. Identification of the strategic human resource management that can be implemented in the public as well as private dairy firm.
Significance of the study
This study is very important to get the idea about the most important dimensions of the human resource management to understand the practices those are actually common in public and private dairy firms in Bangladesh. It also identifies the changes we can recommend after analyzing the Human resource practices. This report will help us in knowing all the dimensions of HRM and their background and importance in the respective field. After preparing this report we will be more capable in explaining the aspects of HRM for the public & private dairy firms in Bangladesh.
Background information of respective firms
Milk Vita (public dairy firm)
Milk Vita is Bangladesh's largest dairy company and the leading supplier of fresh milk and dairy products such as butter and yogurt to Dhaka. Private dairies even copy some of Milk Vita's business model. For the last 10 years Milk Vita has stood on its own two feet, without subsidies from either the international community or the government. In 1998, 40 000 farmers, who pay a nominal fee to join the cooperative, earned a total of US$9.3 million through the sale of 30 million liters of milk. Farmers receive crucial animal services such as vacations and artificial insemination. Dividends decided by the cooperative flow back to producers -- in 2000, US$1.5 million was paid out. The price of milk is set by the cooperative based on current demand. [ (www.fao.org) ] In most of the villages in Bangladesh, when the people from the Milk Vita dairy cooperative came to spot, the result is a remarkable 25-year march of progress in a corner of one of the world's poorest countries. Not only did Milk Vita break the milk buyers' monopoly but, more importantly, it substantially expanded milk production in the region. The success shows clearly what is possible when the right idea, the right economic and physical environment and the right participants come together under competent management. [ (www.milkvitabd.com) ] The government started Milk Vita shortly after independence in 1974. In the early 1990s it withdrew, leaving the cooperative to an independent Board of Directors, the majority of who are now farmer-elected. The new board replaced civil servants with professional managers and the cooperative finally became profitable. [ (www.milkvitabd.com) ] The best news of all is that Milk Vita will expand into four new areas of Bangladesh where traditional small-scale milk production still prevails. It will be financed not by international charity but by the cooperative's own profits. [ (www.fao.org) ]
Existing factories of Milk Vita (www.milkvitabd.com)
Establishment (1989-2008)| | | |
Place| Nature of Plants| Production Capacity
(Liters per day)| Date of Commissioning|
Srinagar (Monshigonj) | Milk Chilling | 15,000| June 1975| Rangpur| Milk Chilling| 15,0008000/h| |
Powder milk production factory, Baghabari| Powder milk Processing| 8000/h | | Vanggura (Pabna)| Milk Chilling| 10,000 lit | | Laherimohonpur (Shirajgonj)| Milk Chilling| 10,000 lit | | Vhirab (kishorgonj)| Milk Chilling| 5,000 lit | | Raipur (laxmipur)| Milk Chilling| 10,000 lit | | Nator| Milk Chilling| 5,000 lit | |
Islampur (Jamalpur)| Milk Chilling| 5,000 lit | | Gabtoli (Bogra)| Milk Chilling| 5,000 lit | |
Shibpur, Norshindi| Minaral water Plant| 60,000 lit/h| | Domar (Nilphamary)| Milk Chilling| 5,000 lit | | Shaithkhira| Milk Chilling| 5,000 lit | |
Noagon| Milk Chilling| 5,000 lit | |
Ramgonj (laxmipur)| Milk Chilling| 5,000 lit | | Shibpur (Narsingdi)| Pasteurization| 30,000 lit | | Candi and Chocolete Plant
Tajgoan, Dhaka| Coverchar, Chocolote | 500 kg/day| | Moulovibazar| Milk Chilling| 5,000 lit | |
Khulna| Milk Chilling| 5,000 lit | |
UHT Milk Plant, Mirpur.| Flavourd Milk | 40,000 lit | | Condence Milk Plant, Mirpur.| Condence Milk | 96,000 can/h | | Chirirbondor, Dinajpur| Milk Chilling| 5,000 lit | | Ishardi, Pabna| Milk Chilling| 5,000 lit | |
Sonagazi. Fani| Milk Chilling| 5,000 lit | |
Subornochar, Noyakhali| Milk Chilling| 5,000 lit | | Marketing affairs of Milk vita
The ever expanding city of Dhaka used to get 2.00 to 2.50 lakh liters of milk vita liquid milk per day which was only early 3000-4000 liters the establishment of this project. This is hoped within the next couple of years the organization will be able to market its capacity quantity of 4.00 lakh liters per day along with substantial quantities of milk products. The other milk products are butter, ghee, ice-cream, flavored milk, powder milk, condensed milk, UHT milk etc. are on regular supply in Dhaka as well as in some other cities. New avenues of marketing with new products are also being explored to strengthen the marketing operation. The milk union has so far marketed 5.50 core liters of liquid milk worth tk.250 core and substantial quantities of milk products worth an amount of tk. 70 cr. totaling an amount of tk. 320 core. (www.milkvitabd.com) Basic Information on Milk vita Bangladesh |
1| Total Lands| 3.0 acres|
2| Used area | 2.56 acres|
3| Current asset| Tk. 5.5 core|
4| Director General| 1|
5| Director| 4|
6| Others Employees| 85|
7| Total executives| 22 persons|
8| Total employees| 102|
9| Canteen| 1|
10| Daily production| 3 lakh liter|
11| Total firms (supplier)| 457|
Aarong (private dairy firm)
Aarong Milk was first marketed in 1998 by the dairy social enterprise of development organization BRAC, to help poor rural dairy farmers protect and grow their dairy enterprises and improve their family's income by facilitating access to urban markets. Inspired by this purpose, Aarong Milk has worked to build a brand that is as true to its urban consumers as it is to its rural suppliers, providing dairy products of impeccable quality that drive its vision of a healthy and strong Bangladesh. (Dr. Soumen Mitra, 2011) Achievements
Aarong Milk offers a range of dairy products along side liquid milk and competes with well established global brands in the Bangladeshi powdered milk market. Its greatest achievement has been in winning the confidence of the consumers in a short period of time. This is reflected in the rapid increase in market share - Aarong Milk gained 13% market share during the last 4 years, from 19% in 2006 to 32% in 2010. The brand has a dedicated consumer base of around 500,000 people who regularly purchase its products. (Dr. Soumen Mitra, 2011) Market Affairs of Aarong
Aarong Milk is a well known, highly respected and trusted brand among urban Bangladeshis. Having entered Bangladesh's dairy market only 12years ago, Aarong Milk has achieved enormous success with its biggest selling product, liquid milk. It captured 32% market share - second only to a long-standing national competitor. (Dr. Soumen Mitra, 2011)
Basic Information on Aarong dairy firm |
1| Total Space| 11500 square feet|
2| Used area | 10580 sft|
3| Current asset| Tk. 2.5 core|
4| Managing director| 1|
5| Director| 3|
6| Employees| 65|
7| executives| 17 persons|
8| Total employees| 86|
10| Daily production| 0.40 lakh liter|
11| Total firms (supplier)| 69|
(Dr. Soumen Mitra, 2011)
AFTAB DAIRY FIRM (private dairy firm)
Modern Danish automatic milk pasteurization plant with the capacity to process and pack 1,500ltr/hr. moreover; AFTAB MILK & MILK PRODUCTS LIMITED provides technical support and expertise to the farmers to bring about qualitative change and improvement in the production of milk. It also ensures and guarantees marketing of the milk for the farmers, which had so long hindered the progress and development of the dairy industry. AMMPL product line comprises of Pasteurized Milk Mango Milk Chocolate Milk, Curd and Ghee etc. (www.aitlbd.net/ig/abfl)
Features of Aftab Milk
Aftab Milk is the most hygienic liquid milk available in the market. It is pasteurized in state-of-the-art processing plants and pouch-packed to make it conveniently available to consumers. [ (www.aitlbd.net/ig/abfl) ]
Aftab Milk is dedicated to delivering the highest quality dairy products to its consumers and in reflection - the brand has become synonymous with quality and good health in consumers' minds. Aftab Milk's commitment to build a healthy Bangladesh is double-edged. It is focused on establishing the importance of milk as an integral part of a healthy diet for its consumers. Aftab Milk is also committed to ensuring the health and wellbeing of its rural suppliers and their families by improving their income through provision of market access as well as encouraging consumption of milk in their own homes. (www.aitlbd.net/ig/abfl) Basic Information on Aftab dairy firm |
1| Total Space| 6578 square feet|
2| Used area | 6258 sft|
3| Current asset| Tk. 1.5 core|
4| Chairperson| 1|
5| Manager Director| 1|
6| Employees| 42|
7| Technical person| 08 persons|
8| Total employees| 51|
10| Daily production| 5000 liter|
11| Total firms (supplier)| 36|
The total study is covered in the Dhaka City of Bangladesh. In the process of data analyses various statistical tools like averages, percentages, and tables were applied in order to make the study worthier, informative, and useful for the purposes. In this research methodology we have covered five steps-
Step 1: Conducting Primary Survey- A primary survey was conducted to get a clear conception on the project area in order to develop a valid format Step 2: Preparing Primary Questionnaire- Based on the primary survey and the knowledge gathered from the literature, questionnaire was prepared. Step 3: Verifying and Finalizing the Questionnaire- Through proper modification, we finalized the questionnaire according the need of study. Step 4: Data Collection Questionnaire- Based on questionnaire, data on the variables for 3 dairy firms were collected. These steps also included interviews with the management level and the workers respectively to gather some other relevant information regarding pay policies. Step 5: Data Processing and Implementation-After observing the data we finalized the points to take in order to develop a enriched Human Resource management for profit maximization.
Data Analysis represents together the data analyses and outcomes. The chapter begins by providing a profile of the cases followed by the strategic planning practices. Specific HRM practices analyzed include recruitment, selection, training and development, and compensation. This is followed by analyses of costly mistakes by employees and HRM outcomes such as termination, voluntary turnover, and reasons why employees would accept alternative employment offers. Analysis of Data Sheet of various dairy firms This study investigated the labor management practices of Milk Vita, Aarong and Aftab dairy farm in Bangladesh. The herd size of the Milk Vita ranged from 500 to 8,000. The number of cows milked per day ranged from 225 to 3,200 cows with an average of 961 cows. The farm had variations in milking practices. Number of fulltime employees ranged from 5 to 75 employees with an average of 21 employees. The percentage of Part time employees on each farm varied from 29% to 88%. Overall, part time employees comprised 49% of the total workforce. Most of the employees were employed year around and worked between 50 and 78 hours per week. The average number of cows milked per fulltime employee ranged from 37 to 68 cows and the average was 52 cows per fulltime employee. But in case of private dairy firms, they are much more systematic and oriented than Milk vita. They have own strategy. In spite of having small number of suppliers’ private dairy firms’ milk production is so much satisfactory. Process Description
There are basically two main strategies for the dairy farm, either expansion by increasing herd size and number of employees or maintaining the current size of the farm. Managers of state owned Milk Vita wanted to expand their business by increasing the herd size and overall milk production. For example, the managers stated that the mission of their farm is to expand by increasing the herd size. Although this is stated like a long-term goal, the managers and herdsman considered it to be their mission. Another manager stated that he intended to expand the enterprise by increasing the herd size. The herdsman perceived that their mission was to surpass the average milk yield per cow. Milk Vita focused on employees indicating that the manager regarded his employees as a key resource in remaining competitive. The manager stated that the mission of his farm is “to have the right people with the right skills and knowledge, and to manage and engage the employees so that they can continuously improve and create value for the farm.” Another manager named Kanti Mondal (Assistant manager-procurement, milk vita) stated that the written mission statement of his farm is “to get prosperous and profitable by creating a good working environment for employees, producing high quality milk and feed supplies while achieving adequate financial rewards for the owners.”
Overview of management of public & private dairy firms
1. Employer & Employees: For effective prosecution of the dairy firm it is necessary to have a group of skilled employer & employee who are working very hard every day. In below we will show the importance of them 2. Labor: For producing product a dairy firm must need many skill labors. In Milk vita, there are several skill workers. Those work in plant permanent & part time basis. Here is the number of permanent & part time labors who find their wages daily, weekly, monthly. The minimum & maximum wages rate is 160 & 350. For labor have no any housing advantage in fact. 3. Cost & Profit of public and private dairy firms on HR perspective The production procedure of Milk-Vita has been indicating a gradual increase in toward its operational activities which is resulted by increased input in investment or labor or through factor productivities or having proper human resources management (HRM). However for the overall productivity of this Milk vita, a prolonged approach is adopted. It introduces new HRM ideas, techniques and strategies for more robust operations, facilitation and the formation of strategic alliance and networking. Technical activities of Milk vita should be more focused to become more cost effective, and it should have more interactions with national and international organizations. In order to make the best use of the expertise and knowledge, our public sector to be given proper emphases. But in case of private dairy firms, cost and profit are highly interrelated. Observing the Aftab and Aarong dairy firm, we found that they have a Human Resource Department which works merely. Technical activities of private dairy firms are focused enough to make the production cost effective. They are also following the strategies of national and international dairy firms existing all over the world. If we analyze the cost and production ratio of Aarong, it is quite satisfactory compare to the Milk Vita. They can also increase the output implementing an efficient Human Resource department. Human Resource practices of public dairy firm (Milk Vita)
In conversation with Milk Vita’s assistant manager (procurement) Kanti Mondal we were little bit surprised. Because this state owned organization have no Human Resource Department indeed. Although there is no Human Resource Department indeed but they are maintaining HRM practices through upper level management personnel. Some practices are given below- Recruitment Practices
Most of the recruits of milk vita are people from the villages, so minimum level of education a simplistic process of recruitment. But it does not lessen the value of having a structured process for recruiting new hires. A simplistic process but a process well followed can be of great advantage for the long term benefit of the organization. Selection Practices
Managers mostly explained that they selected new non-supervisory employees based on their kinship or friendship ties with current employees. They perceived that such employees tend to get along well and achieve high productivity. Compensation Practices of Milk-Vita
Compensation refers to all forms of direct and indirect, monetary or non-monetary rewards which are given to employees for working for the company as well as giving efforts Developing Planning and Staffing Strategy for a Dairy Farm. Wages and benefits provided to employees varied in Milk Vita and they are as follows: Entry-level wage rate for non-supervisory employees ranged from BDT 50 to 70 per hour. The pay varies depending on the experience of an employee, whether the employee was provided with housing or not, and herd size of a farm. The wage rate for current non-supervisory employees ranged from BDT 160 to 350 per hour. Non-supervisory employees were paid on hourly basis. The salary information kept confidential between the employee and the manager. Herdsman and non-supervisory employees in all cases could not tell exactly how much each individual on their farms earned. They only had a general idea of the expected wage range for different positions. The manager of the farm provided incentives to employees for heat detection and successful insemination. Each employee also received a bonus of BDT 500 every month end if there was zero calf mortality. Employees of the farm also got incentives on some occasion for achieving low somatic cell counts in milk production or increased milk production. One manager provided employees with bonuses of between 10% and 20% of their annual wages at year-end depending on the financial performance of the farm. Factors that determined the compensation package included the herd size of the farm, duties and responsibilities of an employee, an employee’s work experience and job tenure, and the year-end financial performance of the farm. Termination and turnover policies of Milk-vita
The employment at-will doctrine provides that either the employer or employee can terminate their employment relationship at any time without any reasons or justification. The study focused on the reasons why managers terminated the services of employees and whether employees were aware of the factors that might lead to their termination. The study also focused on the reasons for employees terminating themselves, i.e., voluntary turnover. Finally, employees were asked to discuss the reasons that might lead them to accept alternative employment offers. As a state owned organization, the turn over & termination policies of Milk-Vita are basically based on government rules and regulations. Existing problems of Milk Vita
The most remarkable thing is that Milk Vita Bangladesh have not got any kind of strategic HRM department that could deal with their existing lacking of HR technique. The most important asset or resources of every organization is its human resource. It is now globally recognized that managing human resources is the basic job of management. With the advent of globalization of business, Human Resource Management (HRM)/Human Resource Development (HRD) have now emerged as one of the prime aspects of management policies in dairy industries too. Once recruited, the Human Resource Department helps a new recruit to become a productive and efficient employee. Milk Vita need to have a Human Resource Department first of all.
Human Resource practices of private dairy firms in BD
Most of the private owned dairy firms in BD have Human Resource Department. But these are not as effective as they should be. Although there is Human Resource Department but the HRM practices are always neglected. We took interview of Aarong dairy farm personnel Nurul Kayes (executive officer, marketing). He co-operated us highly proving the information regarding to this fact. Some practices of Aarong dairy farm are given below- Programs for training and developing employees
The authority makes sure that the employee has a clear understanding of the job requirements before making the job offer. An employee who comes into a job with an unclear or incorrect understanding of his role will be difficult to train---if he even stays around long enough without the training process.
Compensation policies for employees
For legal protection and good business sense, Aarong dairy farm has developed an up-to-date employee compensation policy. It is an organization which does not wait for dire circumstances, such as a pay inequity lawsuit, to write down or update their employee compensation policy. A written policy document also ensures the employees for legal protection as a guideline of company policy.
Aarong provide financial incentives to the employees. So, the employees are inspired enough to put more extra effort in their respective assignment. Fair recruitment system
The recruitment system of Aarong is fair and unbiased. All worker and employee go through an interview board. The interview board is also free from the influence of the higher officials for recruiting employee. RECOMMENDATION
For the public dairy farm Milk Vita first of all they need to have a Human Resource Department. The recruitment and selection process is also very important part of HR planning. The company may hire employees when there will be shortage of skills or new position will be created in the organization. Forecasting the supply of inside candidates will be done by the company. If the demand won’t be fulfilled from the inside of the organization then the company will hire from the outside sources. That’s why Milk Vita needs to have a very good and organized recruitment & selection process, if they will follow the below process Strategic Planning
Strategic planning involves setting goals for the farm and working out a systematic process or set of actions to achieve those goals. Terms such as purpose, vision, mission, strategy, goals, and tasks are usually associated with strategic planning. The researcher investigated whether dairy farm managers engaged in strategic planning. Set up a specific goal for lower level employees
Milk Vita should set up specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timely goals for both mid level and lower level employees. Powerful monitoring cell should be implemented so that the management can be informed of the performance of the employee. Resource-Based View
Resource based view of the firm can be a helpful scenario in creating a long term strategy for Milk Vita as it focuses on the quality of the skills of a company’s workforce at various levels, and on the quality of the motivational climate created by management. Human resource management is valued not only for its role in implementing a given competitive scenario but also for its role in generating strategic capability. With increasing competition in the market Milk Vita’s resource based view for its strategy implementation can give them a definite competitive advantage in the milk industry. (Saadullah)
Fig- Implementation of Three steps fundamental process resource-Based view (Gully) Job Analysis
Milk Vita, Aarong and Aftab dairy farm should do job analysis to enhance the execution of strategy. Job analysis involves determining a job’s entry requirements, developing a strategic recruiting plan for the firm, selecting individuals for employment, developing training plans and compensation systems, lastly helps to develop performance evaluation measures. There are legal and practical reasons for doing a job analysis. Forecasting and Planning
Milk vita, Aarong and Aftab dairy farm should do the workforce planning process, because this is the foundation of strategic staffing as it identifies and addresses future challenges to a firm’s ability to get the right talent to the right place at the right time. The workforce planning process involves: 1. Dairy farms should identify the firm’s strategic vision, mission, and strategy affect its current and future staffing requirements by influencing the types and numbers of employees needed. 2. Dairy farms should articulate the firm’s talent philosophy and strategic staffing decisions. 3. Dairy farms should conduct a workforce analysis to identify the gaps between the labor market demand and supply. After doing workforce analysis, dairy farms should develop and implement actions plans to address any gaps between labor demand and labor supply forecasts. (Saadullah) Innovative Sourcing Plan
Identification of the desired talent and successful current employees in targeted jobs like to do and how they might reach them if they were to try to recruit them. Perform ongoing recruiting source effectiveness analyses by tracking .Without taking the innovative plan it is almost impossible for the dairy farms to eliminate the existing barriers. Improved Recruitment Practices
Managers accepted walk-in applicants. The potential employees visited the farms, filled out job application forms and waited to be contacted when a position was vacant. This suggests that the farms have a database of potential candidates to recruit when employee referrals do not yield qualified candidates. A non-supervisory employee reported to have secured his current employment by visiting the farm, filling out the application form and visiting the farm twice a week until when he was hired.
Fig- recruitment-process. (www.mwrecruitment.com.au/recruitmentprocess)
Knowledge-Skills-Abilities and others (KSAOs) To find out the job related worker characteristics that need to be present for recruits, the KSAOs model can come in useful. The KSAOs stands for Knowledge, Skills, Ability and Other characteristics. Based on KSAOs the effective competencies that Milk Vita needs for its recruits can be indicated accurately. As there are varied level of recruits the level of competencies will also vary. Things you didn't know
Fig-model for identifying knowledge skill and abilities for workers (Gully)
In the dairy farms the voluntary turnover is high, that’s why we think when an employee will be quitting the company he or she will give an exit interview which will reveal the reason why they are quitting and based on that company will correct the defects. It will help to explore the problems regarding to turnover. Therefore the companies will be able to more concern about the reasons behind this. Corrective measure can be taken to settle down the problem.
The evolution of the concept of performance management as a new Human Resource Management model reflects a change of emphasis in organizations away from command-and-control toward a facilitation model of leadership. This change has been accompanied by recognition of the importance to the employee and the institution of relating work performance to the strategic or long-term and overarching mission of the organization as a whole. The performance management process provides an opportunity for the employee and performance manager to discuss development goals and jointly create a plan for achieving those goals. Development plans should contribute to organizational goals and the professional growth of the employee. Therefore when we are assessing past performance, we should concentrate on assessing what the appraisee actually does and says, to demonstrate their knowledge and skill. This means that we should concentrate on discussing past examples of their behaviour. This will help us award a fair, honest and objective assessment of their performance. Overall recommendation
Human Resource Department is an indispensable tool and a continuous process, so dairy farms should matches organizational needs for human resources and the individual needs for a career development which will enables the worker and employees to gain their best human potential by attaining a total all round development. Creation of an HRD will promote dignity of employment of every employee and workers of the dairy farm. It will provide the opportunities for team work, personal development and career development. Hence, a well-planned HRD System must be established within the dairy farms for better part of human resource management.
Counselling, among workers and employees of the dairy farm will lead to improve career counselling, motivation counselling and technical counselling for trouble-shooting, facilitates career planning to industry development. Effectively and timely grievance handling practices of HR system ensure effort for human resource development that will be able to bear real fruit to the respective dairy farms
During the visit we made detailed discussions with managers of the dairy farm on various aspects of training ranging from quality judgment of raw production in the field to marketing of milk products. But ultimately everybody agreed that the present need is to improve the quality of all the personnel in a dairy farm ranging from workers to managers from the viewpoint of technical knowledge.We all had agreed that this is a long-standing issue for the dairy farms and how to tackle this problem is not known to the personnel in the country yet. However, everybody opinioned that a beginning must be made sooner than latter and this will ultimate lead to the availability of a comprehensive course materials for all the level of personnel in dairy industry .Various training modules shall be standardized within a short period. People from the dairy industry should feel that the training program should be short, meaningful and both the theory and practice should be blended at the proper ratio for easy and better understanding of the people of dairy farms.ConclusionHuman resource is the most important asset for any farm. More precisely, to put human resource into action is very important. It is now globally recognized that managing human resources is the basic job of management. With the advent of globalization of business, Human Resource Management (HRM)/Human Resource Development (HRD) has now emerged as one of the prime aspects of management policies for dairy farm Industry too. The very management philosophy of this industry should make an HR structure under which to some extent every production manger and GM, from top to bottom, within the company can be concerned with the HRM and it is much more how they are just recruiting employees and workers. Once recruited, the Human Resource Department helps a new recruit to become a productive and satisfied employee. Such helps are also extended to the existing employees who are reassigned to new jobs through promotions, transfers etc. and even for up gradation of their skill.Dairy farming has become a great industry in Bangladesh. But there is no pure HR department to monitor the large man power of this industry. Most of the workers have not sufficient basic educational knowledge and the average education is below class Eight. The training policy for procuring skill is very limited. The recruitment system is totally biased and not under any systematic HR techniques which thus clearly for lack of organizing HR department. Most of the top management in public sector is politically biased in case of recruitment. There is huge demand of dairy products in both domestic & international market. Every year government earns huge amount of currency by milk related products. But the government is not serious about the benefit & facilities of dairy industry workers. The workers want more benefit rather than salary due to lack of compensation package against their effort. So, basically dairy industry authority should formulate an HR body to offset the dairy farms overall production and mismanagement lacking. |
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