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.
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Age of Opportunity Job and Volunteer Fair - September 15, 2021
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Bravo to Business - September 22, 2021
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With the Baby Boomer generation retiring, the challenges of COVID-19, and the latest talent entering the workforce with new expectations, filling open job positions is a major workforce challenge. Read more about why businesses are facing a workforce shortage.
The Challenge: Recruiting Top Talent
USA Today: Breaking down the big US labor shortage: Crunch could partly ease this fall but much of it could take years to fix
Where is the labor?
And when is it coming back?
The most severe worker shortages on record largely were expected to ease this month with the reopening of schools and expiration of enhanced unemployment benefits on Monday.
Those milestones theoretically would allow millions of parents caring for their remote-learning kids to return to work and prod millions of unemployed people to more fervently hunt for jobs and accept offers.
It’s proving not so simple.
School reopenings and the benefits cutoff should help coax some Americans back to work this fall, economists say.
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Number of unemployed persons per job opening, seasonally adjusted
Wisconsin Public Radio: An Update on Wisconsin's Worker Shortage
As the country continues to reopen during the pandemic, a shortage of workers has emerged across the U.S. We talk to a regional economist about what the shortage looks like in Wisconsin, and the effects its having on workers and businesses.
SHRM: Employers Face Hiring Challenge as Boomers Retire in Record Numbers
The quits rate for U.S. workers is the highest it's been in decades. Baby Boomers are leading the exodus, as 3.2 million more of them retired in the third quarter of 2020 than did in the same quarter of 2019.
The segue into retirement appears most prevalent among residents in the Northeast, people ages 65 and older, and individuals with no education beyond high school, according to the Pew Research Center.
SHRM Online has collected the following articles on Baby Boomer retirements and the impact on the labor shortage challenge employers are already facing in industries such as health care, construction and manufacturing.
The Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce is committed to providing resources and solutions to you, the businesses, to combat your workforce challenges. The workforce shortage is clearly a massive issue that is impacting all kinds of businesses. The Chamber has developed and expanded programs to help local businesses recruit and retain candidates. Check out the different resources below.
The Solutions: Youth Apprenticeship, Workforce Playbook, Localized Job Board, Explore Eau Claire Concierge Program & Think Eau Claire
Youth Apprenticeship (YA) is a highly successful talent acquisition strategy in which employers hire high school juniors or seniors for a one or two-year apprenticeship. During the apprenticeship, the student continues toward high school graduation and takes courses related to the profession as a way of enhancing what is being learned on the job.
Benefits for Employers
Meeting business needs: Prepare the next generation of workers for your industry and business!
The YA Program has been connecting employers with high school student talent for over 25 years, creating a scalable and successful program with input from industry. Employers extend permanent job offers to more than 75 percent of the graduating youth apprentices annually, making YA an excellent pipeline for recruiting and retaining loyal, well-trained talent. Employers continually report a high level of satisfaction, and cite these program benefits:
Localized Workforce Guide for Chippewa Valley Employers
This resource website details over 100 workforce programs implemented in the Eau Claire Area, Western Wisconsin and state of Wisconsin. Sponsored by the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce, produced by JB Systems and funded through a grant donation by U.S. Bank, this website is a comprehensive directory of the workforce programs available to employers in the Eau Claire area, Western Wisconsin and state of Wisconsin to help deal with workforce challenges.
Explore Eau Claire Concierge Program
You sell your company. We sell the community.
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.
Think Eau Claire
A community on the rise:
There's a reason Eau Claire's increasing prominence is known throughout the Midwest and beyond. As the fastest growing small city in Wisconsin, and the subject of glowing national media profiles praising our quality of life and low cost of living, Eau Claire's authentic can-do spirit has made it a destination for young professionals and families looking for something different.
thinkeauclaire.com is a resource that highlights the benefits of moving to Eau Claire, WI. This is a great way to share the positives of Eau Claire with a potential hire or candidate that is relocating.
Localized Job Board
Whether you are looking for a job or if you want to post a job, check out the Eau Claire Chamber’s Job Board.
Check out the exciting positions available in the Eau Claire area on the Chamber’s Job Board. Job seekers may also post a resume on the job board as well as sign up for job alerts when new jobs are posted.
Chamber Investor Employers
Eau Claire Chamber investors may post four jobs per calendar year at NO CHARGE. After that, it is only $25 per posting. To add your posting, go to the Job Board and enter in your email address. Please call the Chamber office at (715) 834-1204 if you need assistance in posting your position.
Eau Claire Chamber investors offer employment services and employment listings to help you in finding a great job in the Eau Claire area.
United Health Group is Hiring
Claims Representative – Multiple Locations
Our teams are helping people from around the world. We can bring out your best as you put your listening, analytical and problem solving skills to work in a setting that is geared to helping improve lives and enhance health care for millions. Here, you’ll discover a wealth of pathways for professional growth within Customer Service, Billing, Claims, Enrollment & Eligibility and across our global economy. Join us and find out why this is the place to do your life’s best work.
MRA: Frontline Leadership Certificate Series
This series is for those individuals who provide leadership or formal guidance to a work group without the power to hire, to fire, to promote, or to conduct performance reviews.
Wipfli: Upcoming trainings for nonprofits
In-Depth Training on OMB’s Uniform Guidance
October 12-14, 2021 | 12:30 – 4:00 PM (CT)
Foundational Human Resources Forum for Nonprofits
October 13, 2021 | 1:00 – 4:00 PM (CT)
Senior Human Resources Forum for Nonprofits
October 14, 2021 | 1:00 – 4:00 PM (CT)
CSBG Organizational Standards Boot Camp
October 19, 2021 | 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM (CT)
Head Start/Early Head Start Regulation Boot Camp
October 26-28, 2021 | 12:30 – 4:00 PM (CT)
Pablo Center to require vaccination or negative COVID test
Pablo Center at the Confluence has been closed for 18 months, and we want to do everything in our power to never experience a devastating shutdown like that ever again. We owe it to our employees, patrons, artists, and our community to use whatever safety tools we have. At this point, our greatest measure is to ensure that all those in our venues either prove that they’ve been fully vaccinated or provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test that’s been taken within 72 hours of the event. Exceptions to this policy are allowed for children under 12 (because they are currently ineligible for the Covid vaccine) and in the rare instances when people are medically precluded from taking a vaccine. Children and those with a doctor-certified medical exception must provide a negative antigen or PCR Covid test taken within 72 hours of the show to enter our venues. These new procedures become effective starting on our first event, September 11 and will be reviewed again on November 1st, 2021.
Eau Claire Chamber
The Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce has more than 1,200 members.