Written by: Gary Huddleston | December 8, 2022
It has been a magical season for my beloved Tennessee Volunteers football team. While they still have some work to do on the defensive side of the ball, the offense has run like a well-oiled machine. In 12 games, they scored a total of 568 points, an average of 47.3 points per game! That high-powered offense was the best in the nation and has led to 10 regular season wins, much better than past seasons. I even had the pleasure of smoking the traditional cigar in Neyland stadium after beating Alabama for the first time since 2006.
So, what has led to this impressive turnaround from Volunteer teams of the past? I’m convinced that familiarity with the offensive strategy and game plan of the players have led to this tremendous success. Every offensive player on the team knows their part and how it fits into the overall game plan. And when every player is committed to executing their individual assignment, points are scored at an extremely high rate!
Let me switch gears, now, to the point of my blog: do you think of the execution of your food safety plan as a team sport?
Manufacturing safe animal food is not the result of the efforts of only a few select individuals in your facility. It takes a village of committed employees to make safe animal food become a reality.
How do you create that village of committed employees? Think back to my football analogy:
When you see a football team scoring lots of points, chances are the offensive players are very familiar with the playbook and the game plan. But, I can also guarantee that the linemen know their blocking assignments, receivers know their routes, running backs know where the holes in the defense are supposed to be and the quarterback knows the right plays to call. Are your employees familiar with your food safety plan and do they know how to successfully execute their food safety duties? Those two things will create a well-oiled food safety team!