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Search summaries of educational sessions from GEAPS Exchange events. Members who couldn’t attend our annual event or are interested in specific topics will find these summaries very helpful.

Webinar: How Tired is Too Tired? How Fatigue is Impacting Your Business

Emily Whitcomb
Emily Whitcomb, senior program manager, National Safety Council

Do you know how much fatigue is costing your business? Find out in this free webinar from GEAPS and Grain Journal recorded Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. Sleep deficiency and disorders cost a typical medium-sized employer $1 million a year in lost productivity, missed work days and health care costs. Nearly every American worker reports at […]

Webinar: Understanding and Managing Generations

Carlie Crouch
Carlie Crouch

Learn to work more efficiently with other generations in this free webinar from GEAPS and Grain Journal recorded Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. It’s time to stop listening to negative stereotypes and learn about the strengths and challenges associated with each generation. You will learn to better manage coworkers and understand your family. Sponsored by M&M […]

Human Performance Reliability in Relationship to Safety

Phillip Belcher
Principal Consultant, DEKRA

Imagine if we knew the location of operational risk for human error, allowing us to proactively address critical situations and prevent harm to people or catastrophic events. A new applied-neuroscience approach allows for the delivery of powerful solutions that target a new class of risk/exposure. This session focused on how we can use the brain to predict, forecast, and prevent safety risk across an organization. 

Talent Acquisition: On-boarding New Talent; Thoughts From an Academic Perspective

Dr. Andrew 'Dewey' Mann
Lecturer/Advisor, The Ohio State University

More than 20% of our workforce may be eligible to retire during the next five years. Is your organization prepared for this impending gap? What is working well, and where do you need help? Industry and academia should work together to ensure there is a pipeline of talent for our industry. This session covered key components to consider when the Baby Boomer population exits our industry.

From Safety Policy to Passion: Increasing Employee Engagement

William (Bill) Spreeman
VP Safety, Environmental and Regulatory Affairs, Agtegra Cooperative

This session explored the evolution from a traditional safety culture to an engaged culture owned and driven by an empowered and impassioned workforce. Traditional (lagging indicators) and innovative (leading indicators) performance metrics will be reviewed. This information is intended for experienced safety and operations leaders seeking to accomplish world-class performance levels sustained by an engaged workforce.

Understanding and Managing Generations

Carlie Crouch
Learning and Development Manager, Perdue Agribusiness

Their reputations precede them. Millennials are entitled and lazy, Gen X can’t get along, and Baby Boomers are just out of touch. It’s time to stop listening to these negative stereotypes and let this workshop set the record straight! Learn about the strengths and challenges associated with each generation so that you can better manage coworkers and understand your family (and maybe even your children).

Creating an Employee Experience: Five Essential Tools for Attracting and Retaining Employees

Sara Kepley, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
chief executive officer, ProValue LLC

Learn more about new strategies for recruitment and retention of employees, delving into what create an “employee experience” and how critical it is to a company’s ability to attract and retain employees. This includes an action plan that can be immediately implemented at your workplace.

Crisis Communications: Define, Design and Drive Your Outcome

Lani Jordan
principal, Lani Jordan Strategic Communication

You are no stranger to the risk; you have seen the repercussions businesses, organizations and individual experience when communication falls short in a crisis situation. This is your chance to dive deeper into the main components of a solid crisis communication plan for your company or operation.

Employee Recruitment, Development and Retention: How to Successfully Compete for and Train Today’s Ag Employee

Sara Kepley, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
senior HR consultant, ProValue LLC

Finding and retaining quality workers remains a challenge in the industry. Starting with areas of concern, this summary covers a workforce analysis, recruitment strategies, employee development and retention.

Leveraging the Power of Recognition

Donald Groover
senior vice president, DEKRA Insight

Are you recognizing your employees for good safety practices or rewarding them for outcomes? Learn how to achieve maximum benefits from recognition efforts.

Why Have an Intern Program?

Wyatt Ross
undergraduate student, Kansas State University

When you hear the word “internship,” what is your initial thought? College students consider it another way to say “opportunity.” Find out internship types, how employers are affected, the student perspective, costs and how this could be a good investment for your company.

Do Safety Incentives Really Work?

Adele Abrams
attorney and president, Law Office of Adele L Abrams PC

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s fight to eliminate injury/illness-based incentive and disciplinary programs in the workplace has ramped up, with a twist. Learn examples of situations that OSHA would find discriminatory and much more.

Employee Recruitment and Retention: How to Successfully Compete for Today’s Ag Employee

Sara Kepley, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
CEO, ProValue LLC

Finding and retaining frontline employees remains a challenge in our industry. This practical overview starts with a workforce analysis, provides recruitment strategies, helps you retain employees and offers an action plan covering what you can do next.

Practical Crisis Management Solutions for Front-Line Employees

Chris Fredenburg
critical incident manager, Critical Incident Management Inc

Protecting our food supply and our workers is more complicated than ever. The Critical Incident Management Program has evolved as a national standard for crisis response. This summary covers staff training, violence reaction, bomb threats and other dangers.

Practical Crisis Management Solutions for Supervisors

Chris Fredenburg
critical incident manager, Critical Incident Management Inc

Preparing supervisors for local and far reaching events can help during a crisis. Learn why all administrators should be trained on the Incident Command System 100 and the National Incident Management System 700 to comply with Federal standards.

How to Recruit and Retain Good Employees

Jay Lux
director of organizational effectiveness consulting, FCC Services

Finding good people to work in grain facilities and then keeping them on the staff can be frustrating, time-consuming and expensive. This session helps you understand where and how your company connects with the workforce, suggest steps for improvement as the ag industry expands, and provide expert advice on how to accomplish these necessary tasks.