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Labor Pains - 2
Elizabeth Williams DTN Special Correspondent
Fri Sep 4, 2015 06:35 AM CDT

INDIANOLA, Iowa (DTN) -- When Menomonie, Wisconsin, farmer Bill Beskar took a vacation last winter, he was confident his eight full-time employees would keep busy and handle the day-to-day, off-season work of the row-crop operation. What he wasn't prepared for when he got back was the "night-and-day difference" in his employees' attitude, satisfaction and motivation.

"They were good employees before, but now they are unbelievable -- they give 120%," said Beskar. His secret? He hired an "employee coach" to give his key managers a four-session training course on how to be better supervisors.

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