Event Details


December 2 - December 16, 2020


11am - 12pm


Virtual through Zoom


This event is free.


Central New York Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops

Nicole Tommell

Onboarding Webinar Series

December 2 - December 16, 2020

Cornell Ag Workforce Development is partnering with Cornell Cooperative Extension to offer a one-hour three-session Onboarding Webinar Series via Zoom on December 2, 9, and 16. Register at tinyurl.com/Onboarding-Webinar-Series. The first days and weeks on the job set the course for a new employee. A successful onboarding program can be an essential tool to help reduce employee turnover, increase employee safety and productivity, and contribute to a farm's success.

The Onboarding Webinar Series focuses on navigating employment requirements and improving human resource management practices, including enhancing training skills. Each webinar includes a 20-minute presentation, followed by 15 to 20 minute breakout sessions, and finishes with a 15-minute general Q&A session.

Assigned "homework" between each session, completed with the support of a CCE educator or consultant, ensures participants exit the series with a personalized onboarding template, onboarding materials, trainings, and methods.

To sign up for this or future Onboarding projects, contact Lucas Smith (ls678@cornell.edu), Ag Workforce Development, or your local Cornell Cooperative Extension educator. Visit agworkforce.cals.cornell.edu/onboarding-webinar-series for more information about the webinar series. Visit agworkforce.cals.cornell.edu/onboarding/ for more information about onboarding.

Successful projects have a staff member who focuses on HR a few hours each week.

Benefits for Farms
• Ensures compliance with basic regulations and policies.
• Provides clarification on work procedures and expectations, which results in better employee performance and safety.
• Establishes a workplace culture based on values, philosophies and traditions.
• Creates connected relationships at work that allow employees to engage and thrive.
• Increases employee commitment and reduces turnover.
• Provides accessible and realistic support for farm onboarding, even when labor and time are in short supply.

Farmer Recommended
• Participate. It makes the process better for both employer and employee. It improves compliance, safety, performance, and morale.
• It helps keep hiring organized and gives a sense of professionalism.
• It organized and standardized our system of. We are now more in compliance than ever.
• This made me so much more confident as I go through the new hire process with employees. I got major bonus points on my FARM evaluation for the new employee training with my google classroom that I have set up!

Sample Onboarding Tools
Employee Handbooks, SOP's, Training Videos, New Hire Forms, Job Descriptions, Farm Safety Plans, Checklists, Organizational Charts, Mission Statement, Written Policies, and more?









Upcoming Events

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