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.
Breakfast in the Valley: Pre-Order Your Box Today!
This year, Breakfast in the Valley BOXES will be available through PRE-ORDER ONLY. Purchase a box in celebration of June Dairy Month and to continue support of our area agriculture. All products in the box will be donated or purchased from local creameries, dairy farms, and/or businesses. You can choose between purchasing a large box or a medium box.
Boxes will be PRE-ORDER ONLY and you will pick them up in a drive thru format. On Friday, June 11, boxes will be available to pick up at the Eau Claire County Expo Center (5530 Fairview Dr, Eau Claire, WI 54701). The drive thru will be the only opportunity to pick up pre-ordered BIV boxes.
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Introducing...Bravo to Business!
For almost 20 years, the Eau Claire Area Chamber has recognized businesses of all sizes, entrepreneurs, and business leaders for their contributions to the business community. In 2021, the Chamber is launching Bravo to Business by revamping and adding to our awards. We aim to recognize more investors and enhance the prestige surrounding these honored awards.
We will continue to recognize our individual award winners, Ambassador of the Year, Chamber Volunteer of the Year, Outstanding Young Professional of the Year and Woman of Achievement at our Eau What a Night event in January.
Bravo to Business will focus on local businesses as well as community development in our area for the significant role they play in driving the city’s business community and economic growth. This event will be held on Wednesday, September 22nd in conjunction with National Chamber of Commerce month.
To be considered for one of these awards, the organization must be setting the standards for excellence and innovation with their business practices and community involvement.
Award applicants are narrowed down to three finalists in each category. The finalists and winners will be announced at our awards ceremony on Wednesday September 22nd, 2021.
Programs & Services
Leadership Eau Claire Accepting Applications for Class of 2022
Application Deadline is Friday June 4, 2021!
The Chamber is currently accepting applications for its Leadership Eau Claire™ (LEC) Class of 2022. The goal of the program is to enhance participants’ community knowledge and leadership qualities through skill building exercises, activities and educational days. During the nine-month program, participants discuss the issues facing the community, develop the leadership skills necessary to assume leadership roles & are provided with opportunities to be further involved in our community.
More information is available here on the Chamber’s website and you can view the online application here. If you have questions, contact Casey Schumacher via email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library: Online Financial Education from LinkedIn Learning
Times are tough, and now is a great time to learn practical strategies to improve your financial health. LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda) offers classes on a huge variety of topics, free to you with your library card whenever you want, wherever you are. To help you get started, our librarians have chosen these courses on four different financial wellness topics. Pick and chose what interests you, or complete the whole series!
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Vaccines are being Distributed, Now What?
Ruder Ware: To Mask or Not to Mask? For Employers That is the Question!
Unless you have been in a cave, you are aware that on May 13, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that individuals who have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 no longer need to wear a face covering in many settings. (CDC Guidance) Many of you shouted “HOORAY!” when you heard this news as you hoped it meant some relief from masks in your workplaces. Unfortunately, what complicates this issue is that the CDC’s announcement specifically excludes “federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.” As you review your policies in light of this announcement, here are some things to consider with the “mask or no mask” issue.
Everything you need for timely resources on the latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) developments.
National Law Review: Have You Been Vaccinated? Your Employer (and Everyone Else) Wants to Know
The CDC’s recent guidance suggesting that most fully vaccinated individuals may discontinue certain safety measures, such as masking and social distancing, has created significant confusion for employers navigating conflicting and ever-changing state and local COVID-19 workplace laws, regulations and guidance. While the most recent CDC guidance endorses resuming activities (indoors and out) without masks for most fully vaccinated individuals, the guidance around vaccination verification and disparate treatment between the vaccinated and unvaccinated is still lacking. Employers are now facing these sensitive but critically important return to office issues without the benefit of critical guidance from Federal, state and local regulators. We provide some guidance below regarding vaccine verification and some considerations for employers thinking about instituting vaccine policies.
Guidance for fully-vaccinated individuals (Center for Disease Control)
OSHA Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace (OSHA)
Eau Claire County COVID-19 Information Hub
Eau Claire County COVID-19 Vaccination Page
MIT Sloan: Redesigning the Post-Pandemic Workplace
The world has experienced widespread disruption over the past year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the successful development and distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine, the timeline for when the so-called next normal will arrive is clearer. Leaders should begin to take steps to consider what the workplace will look like when it arrives.
Gensler: 5 Trends Driving the Post-Pandemic Workplace
The longer we work from home and away from our colleagues, the more being together matters. Zoom is not a replacement for human connection and a shared experience — either with our extended families or with our co-workers and teams. We want to meet face-to-face, socialize, brainstorm, and connect with each other again. This is how we build community, strengthen relationships, coach and mentor, and reinforce our shared purpose and culture.
Employers will not need to sell the upsides of the office to their employees — they already know them. Post-pandemic, most office workers are looking forward to returning and prefer to spend the majority of their workweek there too. The Gensler Workplace Survey 2020 found that while workers have some new needs and expectations driven by COVID-19, most of the issues and trends raised were already here pre-COVID — and were just exacerbated by the pandemic.
SHRM: Supporting Mental Health in the Post-Pandemic Workplace
In many workplaces, there is still a stigma around discussing employee mental health conditions. Yet the pandemic has created an unexpected opportunity for more open and supportive conversations between HR, employees and senior leadership.
Michelle Tenzyk discovered that her willingness to speak openly about what it's like to be a high achiever living and working with severe depression has helped others to see her as a resource and to speak openly about their own experience.
"The pandemic has exacerbated mental health challenges, even for people who were on solid footing before," said Tenzyk, founder and CEO of East Tenth Group, a New York-based leadership and executive coaching firm, and board member of The Stability Network, an organization of people sharing their lived experience with mental health conditions. "Opening up about my lived experience gave permission to others to open up as well.
"When leaders are willing to come forward and speak openly about their experience, it really helps bring down the walls," Tenzyk added.
At Influence & Co., a content marketing firm in Columbia, Mo., CEO Kelsey Raymond has been open with colleagues about seeing a therapist.
"I think this has helped break down any stigma that may have been present around talking about mental health," she explained. "So if you have a personal experience that you're willing to speak openly about, that vulnerability can be really powerful to your team."
Workplace mental health includes leaders advocating resources and a healthy culture, as well as managers proactively creating a safe, supportive and sustainable environment, said Bernie Wong, manager of research and design at Mind Share Partners, a San Francisco nonprofit specializing in mental health training.
Forbes: The Future of Work
Eau Claire Chamber
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