Kirkwood offering management, staff training

Companies select sessions based on employees' needs

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Kirkwood Community College will kick off the Business Partners Training Consortium on Sept. 15, which is focused on improving management and staff skills.

Last year, 20 companies including Archer Daniels Midland, EcoLips and Skogman Realty participated in the consortium.

Kim Becicka, Kirkwood vice president of continuing education and training services, said in a news release that studies by Gallup, a research-based, performance management company, found bad managers cost businesses billions of dollars each year.

After studying nearly 12,000 work teams, Gallup also determined that bad managers contribute largely to a disengaged workforce. Conversely, Gallup found that investing in management training leads to improved employee engagement and profitability,

Becicka said the Business Partners Training Consortium was developed to make training experts from across the country accessible to businesses sharing training needs.

Companies can purchase a training package with various topical courses. Training sessions are selected based on the needs of participating employees.

“Business Partners 2016-2017 is designed to improve managerial skills and offers other hot topics important for staff development,” said Amy Lasack, senior director of Kirkwood Training & Outreach Services, in a news release. “We paid attention to area employer requests, as well as Gallup’s findings.”

The Business Partners Training Consortium is a nine-month program. Participants are required to commit half of a workday each month for training.

Topics this year range from conflict management to personal effectiveness.

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