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The Power of Workplace Flexibility: Boosting Retention and Employee Engagement

In today’s dynamic and ever-changing business landscape, the importance of offering workplace flexibility cannot be overstated. As a business owner, I have witnessed firsthand the transformative impact it can have on employee retention and engagement. Let’s explore this crucial topic through the lens of two current statistics and a personal example. 1. **The Current Landscape:**…

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K-12 Programming in the Chippewa Valley

This month, we explore two vital K-12 programs that service the Chippewa Valley, Junior Achievement and CVTC’s Dual Credit Opportunities! Career Exploration Partnership Opens Up Opportunities to area Middle School Students by Susan Peterson Junior Achievement of Wisconsin Northwest and the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce partner with middle schools in the greater Eau…

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Youth Apprenticeship: A Workforce Long Game

Youth Apprenticeship (YA) is a nationally recognized program that offers junior & senior high school students with dual experiences in academia and the workforce. Established in 1991, the Wisconsin YA program has grown from 21 students to over 5,000 annually. The Eau Claire Area Youth Apprenticeship program has over 95 employer partners that support roughly…

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Childcare: The Backbone of Thriving Businesses and Strong Families

In the bustling world of business, we often forget the unsung hero that keeps the engine running smoothly – childcare. Childcare is the foundation that nurtures a healthy, thriving economy while supporting families’ economic stability. We all know that businesses can’t do their thing without the dedication of their employees. But you know what? Parents…

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Housing Affordability and Supply

The National Association of Realtors writes, “Indeed, according to basic economics, when the demand for housing exceeds the supply, housing costs rise.  However, the current analysis indicates that, even with the existing level of homes available for sale, the housing affordability and shortage issues wouldn’t be so severe if there were enough homes for all…

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Workforce Engagement & How to Measure

Workforce Engagement & How to Measure In a 2020 Gallup survey found that only 36% of workers are engaged in their work.  This number changed to only 32% in Gallup’s follow up survey in 2022. Employee engagement remains both one of the most sought after and elusive workforce concepts for most businesses.  Most employers understand…

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