Training & Human Resources Networking Council

This council is for employees responsible for creating and implementing training programs at a wholesale-distributor or manufacturing firm. In addition to training, this council addresses other HR issues facing ASA members, including recruitment, hiring and retention of employees.

Upcoming Events

Meet the 2018 Workforce

How to Connect, Communicate, and Coach the Five Generation Workforce

A 2-Part* WEBINAR Series sponsored by ASA University


Today’s complex, dynamic, global business environment demands that organizations develop innovative talent strategies that yield bottom-line results. Organizations are turning to creative approaches to meet the needs of customers and stakeholders, manage change, prioritize work, and build collaboration. In turn, leaders want and need top talent: engaged, skilled, and connected employees who can anticipate market needs, resolve problems, and deliver results. Join Diane Thielfoldt of The Learning Care as she presents this two-part webinar on understanding the five generations currently in the workforce and maximizing potential and opportunity.

Part 1

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
11:30am – 12:30pm CDT
“Snapshot of the Changing Workforce”

  • Shifting demographics
  • Generational challenges
  • Meet the generations – who’s at work and what do they want
  • Keys to attracting top talent

Register for Part 1

Part 2

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
11:30am – 12:30pm CDT
“How to Cultivate Talent”

  • Climate – how to create a positive, empowering and flexible work environment
  • Communication – message matter and it helps to customize communication
  • Career – candid discussions about career aspirations, reputation and sharing the lessons of experience are vital to engaging all generations

Register for Part 2

*participation in Part 1 and Part 2 is ideal, but not required

Diane Thielfoldt is the co-founder of the Learning Café which specializes in solving issues related to the four-generation workforce. She has learned from the age-diverse workforce by engaging in primary research, analyzing secondary research, capturing trends, teaching in organizations and observing workplace behavior - to build a strong knowledge base of the four generations' commonalities and differences. She has helped organizations in many industries create strategies to manage their four-generation workforces and bridge the generation gap at work.

Past Events

WEBINAR: So You Want to Use an Employee Engagement Survey to Drive Productivity…

September 26, 2017
10:00am – 11:00am Central

Presenters:  Doug Dillon, Director of Professional Development, ASA Education Foundation

One of the levers available to business leaders in order to drive organizational performance is enhancing the satisfaction of their employees. Not only will this increase productivity, it will also reduce involuntary turnover and make it easier to attract top talent. Several distributors and manufacturers in the PHCP, HVAC-R and Industrial Pipe industry are using them with solid success. But how do you create, deploy, and create meaningful action plans as a result? PARTICULARLY with multiple branch sites spread across a wide geography?

WEBINAR: Is It Time To Re-Think Your Onboarding Process?

February 21, 2017
10:00am – 11:00am Central

Presenters:  Doug Dillon & Amber Auge, ASA Education Foundation

If you’re like most companies in the industry, you have an “on-boarding” process that you use when new people start. After a while, that process can get stale. And, since it is so difficult to find good talent these days, you really want to be on top of your game. After the candidate says “yes!” to your organization, you shift into employee retention mode from Day 1. And they are keeping score. An employee will make-up their mind whether they’re staying with a new job within the FIRST WEEK!

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