Online team-building workshops set for December

Small Towns

Contact: Jordan Feyerherm, community development manager,, 402.580.1516; or Teresa Hoffman, senior communications associate,, 402.687.2100, ext. 1012

LYONS, NEBRASKA – Managers and business owners interested in developing diverse work environments with strong communication skills are invited to attend two upcoming training sessions hosted by the Center for Rural Affairs in December.

These free events take place online from noon to 1:30 p.m. 

“Avoiding Microaggressions and Learning Healthier Communication Practices,” set for Tuesday, Dec. 7, is intended to help participants identify what microaggressions are, how to avoid them, and understand how questions they ask and ways people phrase certain things may make someone else feel “othered.”

“Saying something that may come off as harmless or curious can also put someone in the position where they feel excluded,” said Jordan Feyerherm, community development manager with the Center. “We hope this workshop is attended by anyone and everyone who wants to be more conscientious and effective in their communication skills, and by folks who are looking to embrace diversity and engage through cultural differences.”

“Hiring Practices that Build and Retain Diverse Teams,” set for Tuesday, Dec. 14, will give participants insight into what it takes to make their organization more attractive and welcoming to  diverse candidates, as well as how to retain them and make them feel included and welcome within the organization.

“Considering the hiring shortages we’re currently experiencing, this is a great opportunity for anyone,” Feyerherm said. "It specifically benefits individuals who hire or manage employees, or are otherwise associated with some sort of human resource activity or an individual looking for best practices to inform their organization.”

Pre-registration is required for each event. Visit to register. For more information, contact Feyerherm at or 402.580.1516.

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