Over the last two days, Ag Workforce Development and Agri-Services LLC teamed up to deliver Newborn Calf Care training in English and Spanish for a diverse group of dairy farm employees. Dr. Ernest Hovingh of Penn State was our featured speaker and Marcela Martinez taught and translated. We had a great group of engaged learners … Continue reading Newborn Calf Care a Success in Workforce Development!
Progressive Dairyman recently published an article called "Why and how you should be doing I-9 practice audits." I think this is an excellent practice. I-9 is a tricky form that does require some judgment to get right. In our current enforcement environment it is easy for a business person to have some faulty practices in … Continue reading Internal I-9 Audits, I’m here to help
So many people struggle to find that elusive work-life balance. We took the kids to Rickett's Glen State Park last weekend, it's a spectacular series of waterfalls and a challenging hike, but you will find scenes that many are shocked to learn exist in Pennsylvania. Having everyone together, laughing and enjoying each others' company sure … Continue reading Work-Life Balance
Critical thinking is one of the most-cited skills that employers are seeking in employees. It is a skill that distinguishes those who merely repeat information that they heard from others, from those who analyze and synthesize information in order to create knowledge, insight and value. Yet, most people don't have a working definition of what … Continue reading Critical Thinking
Newborn Calf Care Flyer Workforce development is about building the knowledge, skills, and effectiveness of the people who help drive a business, an industry, and ultimately an economy. It's founded on the belief that you just can't have a great business without great people. Much of agriculture is struggling to have enough great people right … Continue reading Workforce Development in the Dairy Industry
A lot of companies are working on their midyear performance reviews right now. Unfortunately, that process has become a huge drain of time, energy, and motivation in too many organizations. In fact, many companies are moving away from performance reviews with large majorities of employees pushing for a change. The problem is that too many … Continue reading Performance Review: Needs Improvement
One of the most satisfying parts of being a performance consultant is seeing real change, real action, and real, meaningful results. My expertise is in individual and organizational performance...the tough issues that many managers struggle with. Allen Behrer with Lion Country Dairy recently shared a testimonial about the work I've done with their leadership team. … Continue reading Lion Country Gets Results
Leading your people should be fun! It's about identifying worthwhile goals, organizing your team to achieve them, and leading everyone toward many small and big successes. It's also about celebrating and recognizing successes along the way. Sure, there will be moments of stress, even painful moments, but the overall job of being a leader should … Continue reading Leading Should Be Fun!
I think of a professional as someone who applies specialized knowledge and skill to help someone else. Doctors and lawyers were some of the first recognized professionals. Today, as our world has become more complex, there are many kinds of professionals who can apply their deep knowledge of a subject to help you succeed. Accountants, … Continue reading What is a Professional?
Ag Workforce Development is still a very new business but we're making a difference in the lives of our clients! I just finished up some project work with Donny Bartch of Merrimart farms and he was kind enough to share a testimonial which I have published on the Ag Workforce website. This project was also supported … Continue reading Making a Difference!