The Workforce Connector is a monthly publication made possible by HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital, Marshfield Clinic Health System, Mayo Clinic Health System, Prevea Health, and Xcel Energy.
The Eau Claire Area Chamber has many initiatives to help employers retain, recruit and develop employees. Many of these programs, committees, and events have been around for years; At the 2019 Annual meeting our CEO/President David Minor announced the intention of focusing on Workforce Challenges and Solutions in the Chippewa Valley. This publication and the initiatives highlighted on our website are the beginning, use the button below to "learn more".
The chamber's workforce initiatives are led by the Workforce Development Committee Chair, Monica Obrycki of Eau Claire Energy Cooperative and Kaylynn Stahlbusch, Workforce and Program Director of Eau Claire Area Chamber.
Programs & Services
Welcome Reception for CVTC President, Dr. Sunem Beaton-Garcia
We invite you to join us Thursday, August 12, for a welcome reception to meet Dr. Sunem Beaton-Garcia, the new president of Chippewa Valley Technical College.
Please stop by the Chamber office any time between 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. to meet President Beaton-Garcia. The Chamber will be providing appetizers and beverages at the event.
There is no charge to attend but advance registration is appreciated. We look forward to seeing you there!
Preview: 2021 Workforce Summit Keynote
The Workforce Solutions Summit is an annual event that addresses workforce issues and offers solutions. Watch Jim Morgan from MRA speak on "The Great Sansdemic" as a preview to his keynote session at the Workforce Summit.
Only Two Exhibitor Spots Available: 22nd Annual Age of Opportunity Job and Volunteer Fair
The 22nd annual Age of Opportunity Job and Volunteer Fair will be held on Wednesday, September 15, 2021, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Traditionally, the Age of Opportunity Job and Volunteer Fair focused on the mature workforce (aged 55+) in our region. This year, with such a robust, energized, and reliable workforce, we are excited to open the Age of Opportunity Job and Volunteer Fair to ALL ages.
From 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. the exhibits will be limited to the workforce consisting of those aged 55+. Then, from 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. the fair will be open for all interested candidates of any age.
Age of Opportunity will not only highlight the vibrant workforce of the 55+ community, but of the entire Eau Claire workforce. This will be an exciting event with a great opportunity to find your next top talent.
If your organization/business is looking to fill paid and/or volunteer positions, follow the link to register as an exhibitor: Click Here to Become an Exhibitor
Presenters Needed! - Proposal Deadline is Wednesday, September 8, 2021
The Chamber will be hosting its annual Marketing & Social Media conference rebranded virtual HOMEPAGE: a 3 day digital experience. Providing a whole new experience for our attendees, we are asking for video submissions from each presenter on your proposed topic. Proposals are sought from individuals who would be willing to volunteer to present a 45 minute session on an aspect of advertising, social media, marketing or public relations.
Benefits of Speaking
While this is a volunteer opportunity, speakers receive recognition in all marketing materials to attendees from all across the state. All speakers are invited to attend the entire event as our guest. And best yet, you are able to promote you and your business to hundreds of Chamber members!
Access the Request for Proposal Submission Form here.
For questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eau Claire Chamber: Explore Eau Claire Concierge Program
Through the new "Explore Eau Claire" program, a personal concierge acts as a connection to your job candidates and new hires as they make the choice to call Eau Claire home and begin the process of relocation. We ask what's important to them in a community, then research, communicate, and make connections for them in areas such as:
Our "Explore Eau Claire" program will save you time and money. Our concierge is knowledgeable, experienced, and dedicated to serving candidates who are relocating. Whether you have a general employee, manager, or executive, our program helps decrease turnover and increase employee satisfaction.
Eau Claire Chamber Job Board
If you are looking for your next top talent, the Eau Claire Chamber's Job Board is a great way to share your open positions.
Small Street Journal: Share Your Announcements and Press Releases
The Small Street Journal is a weekly publication providing local organizations/businesses a place to share their latest press releases. The blog's link is shared on all of the Chamber's social media platforms.
If you are interested in sharing your press releases on Small Street Journal, please email your press document to email@example.com
Supporting a Remote Workforce
The world has seen massive amounts of change due to the Covid-19 pandemic. One of those changes is the transition of working from the office to working from home. Some employees may remain remote for the rest of their time with an organization, rather than going back to working in the office. It is important to keep remote workers engaged, active, and connected.
SHRM: 10 Tips for Successfully Managing Remote Workers
1. Set expectations early and often.
2. Be organized and flexible.
3. Adapt the length of your meetings.
4. Track your workers' progress.
5. Emphasize communication.
6. Remember to listen.
7. Build connections and be available to your team.
8. Provide a way to collaborate.
9. Resist the urge to micromanage.
10. Celebrate success.
Forbes: 10 Tips for Being a Successful Remote Worker
1. Keep a regular work schedule.
2. Put firm work/life boundaries in place.
3. Seriously, get out of your pj’s.
4. Get comfortable with tech tools to help you work better.
5. Have a smart home office setup.
6. Listen to your body.
7. Don’t forget to eat with an eye to nutrition.
8. Take a breather.
9. Make an extra effort to communicate with your boss, co-workers and team.
Center for Workplace Mental Health: Working Remotely During COVID-19: Your Mental Health & Well-Being
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is presenting new and unique major challenges. We are navigating unchartered waters with this virus making it important to find new ways to work and interact while also taking care of our mental health and well-being.
Many are teleworking full-time for the first time, isolated from co-workers, friends and family. Our daily living routines are disrupted causing added anxiety, stress and strain physically, mentally, and financially. It is completely natural for this disruption and uncertainty to lead to anxiety and stress.
12 Ways to Support the Mental Health of Your Remote Workers
4.7 million people work remotely in the United States alone. With more and more employees working from home, employers have to change their day-to-day operations to accommodate workers in different cities, states and countries.
Protecting the mental health of remote workers can be one of the most difficult challenges for employers. How can you recognize the signs of a problem or offer support when you’re in a different location or time zone? This article details 12 ways you can support your remote employees’ mental health.
1. Offer Mental Health Employee Benefits
2. Stay Connected with Technology
3. Socialize Virtually
4. Check In Regularly
5. Encourage Physical Fitness
Managing a Hybrid Workforce
As some employees may be working from home, others might be ready to be back in the office. Fostering an environment where in person and remote workers can collaborate will be key for maintaining an efficient workplace.
Red River: How to Effectively Manage a Hybrid Workplace Model
According to Microsoft, 61 percent of leaders are “thriving” under the new remote model of work. Perhaps more importantly, up to 40 percent of employees are considering leaving their employer.
Under a hybrid working environment, employees and managers experience enhanced levels of freedom. They are able to work where they want and often when they want. But there’s a complexity involved; it’s harder to communicate, more time-consuming to touch base and easy to feel alienated and apart. Nevertheless, embracing a hybrid work environment has some substantial benefits for an organization, not the least of which is the ability to downsize its physical infrastructure.
1. Consider switching from “hours worked” to milestones and deadlines.
2. Utilize a consolidated communication and collaboration system like Office 365 and MS Teams.
3. Encourage team engagement, exercises and shared goals.
4. Frequently check in with employees to ensure that they are getting what they need to get.
5. Build trust between employees and management.
6. Have processes in place to govern communication.
Harvard Business Review: Making the Hybrid Workplace Fair
The pandemic has upended much about how we work, and what comes next is neither the death of the office nor a return to the way things were. Instead, our new reality will be hybridity: working with employees who are co-located in the same physical space as well as employees working remotely.
Hybridity promises organizations the benefits of remote working (increased flexibility, reduced carbon footprint, labor-cost optimization, and increased employee satisfaction) alongside the critical strengths of traditional, co-located work (smoother coordination, informal networking, stronger cultural socialization, greater creativity, and face-to-face collaboration). But hybridity is also inextricably tied to power — it creates power differentials within teams that can damage relationships, impede effective collaboration, and ultimately reduce performance. To lead effectively in a hybrid environment, managers must recognize and actively manage the two distinct sources of power that can impede — or facilitate — hybrid work: hybridity positioning and hybridity competence.
Inc: 4 Leadership Rules to Follow If You Want a Successful Hybrid Workplace
Since March 2020 and the pandemic, life as we knew it was put on pause. We suddenly and unexpectedly packed up our desks and started working at home, where we met new colleagues through a screen and were quickly fatigued by virtual meetings.
Virtual happy hours and trivia aside, it's been a challenge to maintain workplace culture during these times. As we transition back to a new "normal," business leaders must consider how the reimagined workplace will look for employees, including those who haven't met.
For many companies, this strategy includes a hybrid model of working both remotely and in the office. Looking for a fresh executive perspective, I connected with Michael Simpson, chairman and CEO of workforce journey company Pairin, to get his outlook on creating a culture that reunifies everyone after the past year-plus of remote work.
1. Create company values.
2. Reintroduce the office.
3. Team bonding.
4. Personal development.
HBR Podcast - Ideacast: Building Successful Hybrid Teams
Tsedal Neeley, professor at Harvard Business School, has been studying remote work and global teams for years. In episode 732 early in the pandemic, she shared how managers could lead their teams while many team members worked from home. Now, as more people return to more in-person work, she’s back on the show to help managers lead their teams effectively in a hybrid workplace, a mix of working from home and the office. Neeley is the author of the book "Remote Work Revolution: Succeeding from Anywhere", and the HBR article “15 Questions About Remote Work Answered.”
Ceridian: Designing an Equitable, Engaged, and Productive Hybrid Workplace
As companies around the world continue to reopen, leaders are once again facing the challenge of creating a workspace that keeps business moving forward and accommodates the needs of employees. For many, that will be a blend of in-office and remote work – a hybrid approach for individuals, teams, and even entire functions or departments.
In fact, our latest Future of Work report, to be released in July, surveyed more than 2,000 senior executives globally about their post-pandemic work environment. The executives reported that post-pandemic they anticipate 27% of their workforce will utilize remote work, while another 29% will utilize a hybrid model, alternating between remote and a physical location. This tells us that remote or hybrid work will dominate the workplace of the future. And while this mode of working offers many benefits, it also comes with its own unique challenges from a culture and employee experience point of view.
1. Hybrid means flexibility and choice.
2. Stay focused on wellness.
3. Build in more diversity and inclusivity.
4. Managing hybrid right.
Harvard Business School: Planning for a Hybrid Workforce
Professor Tsedal Neeley, author of the new book, "Remote Work Revolution: Succeeding from Anywhere," provides leaders with five ways to plan for their future workforce.
Mark Your Calendar
Tuesday, August 17, 2021:
Ribbon Cutting- Kwik Trip South
Wednesday, August 18, 2021:
Leadership Eau Claire 40th Anniversary Celebration & Alumni Afterglow
Friday, August 20, 2021:
Eggs & Issues: The State of Public Higher Education
Wednesday, August 25, 2021:
Ribbon Cutting- UWEC Flesch Family Welcome Center
Wednesday, September 1, 2021:
Eau Claire Chamber Open House
Eau Claire Chamber
The Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce has more than 1,200 members.