Pork Checkoff Offers Free Employee Management Webinars

In an effort to help swine managers deal with the challenges of managing human resources - the National Pork Board is offering six free webinars this fall. These webinars will help managers discover new methods, tips and tools for working efficiently and effectively with the most important resource on their operations - people. Pork Checkoff Producer and State Services Committee Chair Mary Langhorst says this investment of time to improve employee management displays the Checkoff's commitment to hiring, retaining and educating the pork industry's workforce. She says the webinars offer a great way to gain knowledge without the inconvenience of leaving the farm site.

On Wednesday, October 24th - the subject is interviewing and hiring - selecting the best person for your team. The session will focus on the best way to conduct an interview, examine strategies for choosing the right person for the job and identify steps managers can utilize to help minimize legal issues during the hiring process. Training - techniques to get team members up to speed quickly - is the subject of the second webinar on Wednesday, October 31st. This session will provide managers with ideas, methods and tools to teach them how to have efficient, effective and impactful on-the-job training with employees.

The session on Wednesday, November 7th - coaching and feedback - will outline and easy and positive way to guide and develop the performance of employees. Conflict resolution is the topic on Wednesday, November 14th. The webinar will identify the manager's role in dealing with personal and team conflict, look at natural reactions to conflict that can hinder or benefit interactions and outline steps to resolve conflict. Discipline and termination is the subject of the webinar scheduled for Wednesday, November 28th and appraising performance is the topic for the final webinar on Wednesday, December 5th.

Each webinar will be held from three o'clock to four o'clock Central time. Advance registration is required for each individual webinar. More information is available at pork dot org (www.pork.org).

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