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Thursday, March 24 • 1:30pm - 2:45pm
The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round: Combating Employee Turnover by Innovating Training

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An increase in Extension employee turnover is a threat to the strength of local relationships and therefore program impact. Research shows that retention is significantly influenced by how equipped an employee feels they are to successfully fulfill their job expectations and how connected they feel to the people they work with and the work that they do. This puts greater emphasis on the need and format of Extension employee training.  How do you tackle this with increasing job demands and limited time? Old-fashioned bus trips. Twenty Ohio Extension employees loaded a bus to go to a conference and walked away saying the bus experience was the best professional development initiative they had participated in for years. Outcomes included: 100% of attendees felt they built stronger relationships with Ohio colleagues and gained programming ideas; more than 90% of attendees stated that they gained program management ideas, felt refreshed, found informal solutions to challenges they were facing, and identified new project partnerships. This session will share unique aspects of the bus trip that made it so successful and future plans to continue this training format, as well as a discussion on alternative training solutions others have found that effectively improve employee retention.

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Katie Feldhues

Ohio State University Extension

Thursday March 24, 2016 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Live Oak

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