Member Page: HR Leaders in Dairy

Welcome, members of the IDFA's HR Leaders in Dairy!

HR Leaders in Dairy is a community for top human resource officers in the dairy industry to exchange freely and openly on important topics related to engaging and developing the dairy workforce of the future.

Below you will find a links to our community resources, member information, meeting notes, and other documents. Please contact Heather Soubra with any questions pertaining to the resources made available.

IDFA HR Leaders in Dairy Resources

Organizing for a post-pandemic future

To better organize for a post-pandemic future, leaders should embrace nine imperatives that collectively explain “who we are” as an organization, “how we operate,” and “how we grow.” Aaron De Smet, Chris Gagnon, and Elizabeth Mygatt of McKinsey & Company break these nine keys down in this article.

Food industry letter to President-elect Biden on vaccine coordinators

In an effort to ensure essential workers have access to vaccinations once sufficient doses of the coronavirus vaccine are provided at local levels, IDFA and our partner food industry trade associations have asked President-elect Biden to designate a Federal Coronavirus Vaccine Coordinator in each of the 50 states as well as territories.

Changing the game for women

Increasing the number of women at every level of an organization is possible if its leaders are ready to use practical solutions. Read about those solutions in this article in Strategy + Business.

Discussion document: Reenergizing organizations

McKinsey & Compny prepared a discussion document with insightful and actionable recommendations for IDFA members to reenergize their organizations while mitigating and emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Leading during a pandemic: Four critical questions for senior leaders to consider

We’re in uncharted waters. The disruptions caused by Covid-19 are forcing all of us to adjust to different ways of living and working.  Shopping frenzies, empty shelves, shuttered restaurants, travel bans, mandatory remote work, whiplashing markets, rising case counts—this is the new reality for the near future.  Inside organizations, many employees are worried. Here are four critical questions from Mercer that senior leaders should be considering.

 Adapt to Lead

 A cohort-based learning offering for IDFA members.

Overcoming pandemic fatigue: How to reenergize organizations for the long run

Leaders must actively manage the energy of their workforces, cultivate the quality of employee relationships, and demonstrate a capacity for resilience to recharge their organizations during crises. Learn how to reenergize your organization to overcome pandemic fatigue in this article from McKinsey & Company.

How HR leaders have redefined their C-suite role

The trials of 2020 have thrust human resources into the spotlight. The HR leaders who have shined know how to help their companies thrive. This latest article in Strategy+business explains the ambiguity and uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic and the opportunities it has presented chief human resource officers to shape their roles.

Women in the Workplace, 2020

Women in the Workplace is the largest comprehensive study of the state of women in corporate America. In 2015, McKinsey & Company and LeanIn.Org launched the study to help companies advance diversity in the workplace. Between 2015 and 2019, close to 600 companies took part in the study, and more than a quarter of a million people were surveyed on their workplace experiences. Now, in 2020, women in corporate America are facing a new challenge: the Covid-19 pandemic. This year’s report focuses on how the pandemic has affected women at work, including the unique impact on women of different races and ethnicities, working mothers, women in senior leadership, and women with disabilities. It also looks at the emotional impact of incidents of racial violence in this country on employees. Finally, it tracks the changes we’ve seen in women’s representation over the past six years, and assesses how Covid-19 could disrupt those trends going forward.

COVID-19 Testing: New Best Practices and Strategies for Limiting Transmission and Ensuring Safety

As our industry continues to grapple with the negative effects of COVID-19 in both the home and workplace, dairy food companies are implementing new best practices and strategies to limit transmission of the virus and ensure the safety of their workforce. In this webinar, testing specialists, a former high-ranking FDA official, and a leader from the dairy industry joined IDFA's subject matter experts for a one-hour webinar on how food manufacturers can better test employees before, during, or after occurrences of illness to both prevent further spread of the disease and limit its impact on manufacturing.

FRNT LINE Act, 2020

U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) in July introduced her new bill to allow essential workers on the front lines of COVID-19 to keep more of their hard-earned dollars. IDFA led the food industry's advocacy on the issue, calling on Congress to recognize our essential food industry workers with tax relief as more than just a pat on the back for their effotrs through the coronovirus pandemic.

HR says talent is crucial for performance—and the pandemic proves it

To say that chief HR officers (CHROs) are busy in the COVID-19 era would be an understatement. Now, more than ever, they are central to how companies are reimagining their personnel practices to build organizational resilience and drive value. McKinsey & Company provides this white paper on the five talent-management practices can help steer organizations through new ways of working and into the post-COVID-19 era.

Inclusive remote working practices for leaders

Experiment with different practices, track the ones you’ve tried, and continue learning, says McKinsey & Company in this helpful 4-page guide on remote working practices for leaders.

Conversation Ground Rules

Catalyst provides this handy one-pager on ground rules for conversation. Work of any kind requires communication—and you may need to broach difficult subjects. Your challenge is to create open and productive discussions where people feel safe sharing their experiences and perspectives, and are receptive to learning. Start by following some fundamental ground rules for all conversations— whether with colleagues, in a team, or in larger group settings.

IDFA Industry Compensation Survey, 2007

The 2007 IDFA Industry Compensation Survey contains compensation data for 65 jobs from 55 organizations reporting on 84 locations in the United States. Participating organizations represent a broad range of companies and range in size from 8 to 55,344 employees. The following charts summarize the distribution of participants by organization size, ownership type, and region.

IDFA HR Leaders in Dairy Meeting Notes

IDFA Staff Contact

Heather Soubra

Chief of Staff