The dairy industry continues to deal with the fallout from undercover videos that apparently show animal abuse on two Florida dairies. Dairy Herd Management published an article and extensive video of a press conference by Southeast Milk Inc. In the video, Jim Sleper, CEO of Southeast Milk, emphasizes that they will be training their member … Continue reading Human Resource Management is Critical to Animal Care
I was glad to be a part of PDMP's "Summer Summit." Farmshine printed a great story about the event, see it here: Farmshine Nov3. 2017 Sept Summit Recap
Agriculture has a lot of workforce challenges confronting us today. At times we need to look up from those challenges and make sure we are preparing for the future. Thanks to the folks at Progressive Dairyman magazine for giving me the opportunity to write on this subject. See: "A vision of the future dairy workforce" in … Continue reading A vision of the future dairy workforce
Webinar: October 26th at 1:30 PM EST, Sign up here! All the way back to my days with Penn State Extension, people would ask for a tool to help them with scheduling. Using Excel or paper is a pain and it's always out of date as soon as someone switches a shift. When I started … Continue reading Tech to Help Manage People, Join My Webinar!
Wait, forget the wedding plans, I didn't mean that kind of engaged! Employee Engagement We're talking about engaged employees, those who feel a mental and emotional connection at work and are willing to put in the extra effort required to do a great job. Disengaged employees, in contrast, are those who just "go through the … Continue reading How to Get Engaged
On a flight to Atlanta today I was glad to be seated next to a young chemical engineer who works for a petroleum company. She likes the company and they treat her well but she doesn't want to spend her career there. Why? Because she wants to be part of a company that is creating … Continue reading Youth are looking for meaning in work
Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) is a solid start in quality management systems, but there is much more potential for quality management in our dairy industry. Read my latest article in Progressive Dairyman here. ©2017 Richard Stup
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!
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