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Webinar to help improve supervisor, workforce relationships

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Written Tuesday, December 30, 2008  

The Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service is sponsoring a five-part webinar series to teach supervisors how to improve on-the-job performance for both themselves and their employees.

The Enhancing Supervisory and Employee Performance program, sponsored by Purdue Extension’s Women in Agriculture team, will consist of sessions held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the following Mondays: Jan. 12 and 26, Feb. 9 and 23, and March 23.

“This program will benefit anyone who has employees,” said Kelly Easterday, educator, Purdue Extension Kosciusko County. “Participants will walk away with employee management information that will make any employer’s job easier.”

The interactive program will give participants a better understanding of today’s work-force expectations; a recognition that work-force relationships must be based on fairness and trust; an enhanced ability to engage the work force in a business’ success; effectiveness in providing quality feedback; coaching tools to enhance communication; leadership skills; and ways to attract and retain a qualified work force.

“Not only will we be teaching these skills, but the program also offers activities and homework assignments that will help employers implement what they learned into their businesses,” Easterday said.

Robert Milligan, the program leader and a senior consultant with Dairy Strategies, will facilitate the program. Dairy Strategies is a business, leadership and human resources consulting firm.

“We asked Robert to lead this program for multiple reasons,” Easterday said. “He is a leader in our area and an expert on working with employees. He was here for another Women In Agriculture event in March, and we realized what a great fit he would be for this program as well.”

Between sessions two and three Milligan will contact participants individually to consult with them about their own businesses and business challenges.

“This program differs from other webinars because each participant will have a chance to speak with Dr. Milligan one-on-one to enhance their own personal business atmosphere and work-force management,” Easterday said.

Registration is $150 per site, for up to five people. Each additional participant is $25. The registration deadline is Jan. 5. Those registering after Jan. 5 will be charged a $25 late fee per person.

Questions regarding the conference should be directed to Easterday at (574) 372-2340, keasterday@purdue.edu .

For registration forms, more program information or to learn about the webinar and participant requirements, log on to http://agriculture.purdue.edu/wia/upcoming.htm .

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