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February 2020

Performance management – set it, manage it, measure it!

February 27 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
The Food Bank of W. MASS, 97 North Hatfield Road

Providing effective performance management doesn’t just protect your farm from liability and establish standards and accountability for those you manage – it actually helps your farm grow! Presenter Patti D’Amaddio of the Employers Association of the Northeast will describe how a holistic approach to performance management can increase employee engagement, help employees on their path to development, and assist your business in meeting its strategic goals. Through interactive activities and role play you will gain skills to clearly communicate expectations…

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March 2020

Improving your farm’s employee policies and management systems

March 5 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Food Bank of W. MASS, 97 North Hatfield Road

Would you like to have better systems in place for onboarding and training employees, consistently communicating farm policies, or giving and receiving employee feedback?  Are you looking to brush up on employment laws to ensure that your farm is in compliance? This session will help you identify incremental changes to improve employee management systems on your farm. Presenter Libby Eiholzer of Cornell Cooperative Extension will lead you through a self-assessment of your farm’s human resources management and help you prioritize…

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Building a positive workplace culture through active bystander training

March 10 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
The Food Bank of W. MASS, 97 North Hatfield Road

Farm managers are responsible for setting the tone and ensuring a respectful, safe, and productive work environment. However, they are by no means alone in contributing to workplace culture - each member of the farm team has unique skills and opportunities to help build a more positive workplace culture. This workshop will equip farm managers, crew leaders, and other employees with tools to respond proactively to workplace conflict and to contribute to improving the culture on their farm. Presenters Sharon…

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Leadership strategies for achieving workplace respect

March 17 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
ServiceNet, 21 Olander Drive
Northampton, MA 01060

Gaining respect as a manager is not always easy. Take a deep dive into the meaning of workplace respect, learn to identify barriers to respect, and discuss how the concept of respect relates to topics like diversity and inclusion, bullying, and compliance with federal and state anti-harassment and discrimination laws. You will reflect on your own behaviors and actions, as well as engage in interactive exercises to learn and apply new tools and strategies for creating a more positive and…

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April 2020

CISA’s Annual Meeting

April 16 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Come celebrate CISA along with this year’s Local Hero award winners with CISA staff, board, and your community! Dinner will be provided. This event is free, and seating is limited to 150 people. Thursday, April 16, 2020 6:00-8:30pm Location: Trinity United Methodist Church 361 Sumner Avenue, Springfield RSVP to Jennifer Williams at 413-665-7100.  

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