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Happy 2023! How are you planning for the year?

Do you take time to set intentions and plan for the new year? Identifying the intentions that will be meaningful and doable can make a huge difference in your work and personal life. The New York Times says your goals “should be smart – and SMART. Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-Bound. Source Workplace resolutions…

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Focus on Your Employee’s Mental Health

Learn The Signs In the workplace, mental health problems manifest in a multitude of ways. Here are some employee behaviors that may be signs of a mental health problem: https://www.mranet.org/resource/what-do-when-employee-needs-mental-health-help Working slowly Missing deadlines Calling in sick frequently Increasing absenteeism Expressing irritability and anger Having difficulty concentrating and making decisions Appearing numb or emotionless Withdrawing from work activity Overworking Forgetting directives, procedures, and requests Having difficulty with work transitions or changes in routines These symptoms could also result when an employee has a family member suffering from a mental health problem or other serious health issues. Such situations can sometimes…

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The Connector Editor Highlight – Deb Nichols

The members of the Chamber’s Workforce Development Committee take time to help curate and edit the monthly Connector. This month we are highlighting Deb Nichols. Deb Nichols is the Director of Business Services for West Center Wisconsin Workforce Development Board. She has worked in the field of advocacy and servant leadership for over 25 years.…

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December Perspective: Dignity, Freedom and Justice for All

What is Human Rights Month? Every year in the month of December, the world celebrates Human Rights Day -December 10th- to remember the day in 1948 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The UDHR is a document that proclaims the rights that everyone is entitled to as a…

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Building Our Community: Engaging in Hmong Culture

The Altoona Public Library will be hosting Extension and the Family Resource Center for Bilingual Story Time in English & Hmoob on Friday, November 11 at 10:30 a.m. Join for some stories, songs, and simple crafts! See the below flyer for more information. Making Moments Matter: Family Traditions The Chippewa Valley Museum will be hosting…

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November Perspective: Domestic Violence Awareness

What is it? Domestic violence, also called “interpersonal violence” or “intimate partner violence” is a pattern of behavior within a relationship used to maintain or gain power over the other intimate partner within the relationship. “Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person.” Domestic…

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May Blog: The Perspective

New DEI Vice President at Old National Bank Dwayne Maddox joins the team at Old National Bank as the vice president and director of diversity, equity, and inclusion. During his time at Old National Bank he will be bouncing between both the Madison office and the Chicago office.  In the past, Dwayne has held marketing…

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May Blog: Workforce Connector

Graduating Healthcare Workers Advantage in Wisconsin This year, healthcare graduates are seeing more opportunities for job placement and growth amidst economic conditions. Because of the pandemic, the news has covered all of the ups and downs of being a healthcare worker in our environment throughout the course of the past two years. However, the new…

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May Blog: The Perspective

Northeast Wisconsin organizations devoted to racial and ethnic diversity There are many organizations in Northeast Wisconsin that are devoted to racial and ethical diversity. We found an amazing source from the Post Cresent that is easy to navigate. In this list, you will find a variety of organizations that are committed to being grounded by…

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May Blog: Workforce Connector

Employee Ownership: A Business Succession and Retention Strategy The University of Wisconsin – Madison extension is offering a free webinar on employee ownership. This webinar will help companies pursue their retention strategy as the baby boomer generation is retiring. With this shift in employee demographic, it is very important that companies have these resources so…

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