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
Virtual Eggs & Issues: The Annual "State of Altoona" Address
Friday, April 16, 2021
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Cost to attend: $25.00 (Chamber Investor)
Our annual update on what's happening in the City of Altoona, led by Mayor Brendan Pratt and City Administrator Mike Golat. We'll hear about how the city weathered the challenges of the past year, and what its leaders see as priorities for the future.
The program will be recorded. A link will be sent to all registrants when the recording becomes available. If you can't participate during the "live" broadcast, register anyway and you'll receive the recording.
Registration closes at 12:00 noon on Thursday, April 15. An email address is required for each attendee to register. A link to login to this session will be emailed to you about 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 15. ***PLEASE NOTE: If you do not receive the email containing the link to log in to the meeting, please be sure to check your spam folder.
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)
Sponsorship Opportunity: 2021 Breakfast in the Valley
This year's event will be held on Friday, June 11, 2021 as a drive through at the Eau Claire County Expo Center. We are “keeping the tradition alive by supporting our local agricultural community.” This year Breakfast in the Valley BOXES will be available for purchase in celebration of June Dairy Month & to continue supporting our area agriculture.
With three different sponsorship levels, there are many opportunities to get involved. Breakfast in the Valley is made possible because of the generous support of sponsors. By sponsoring, companies also receive priority for volunteer registration! Please click here for further details on what each level of sponsorship receives. Please contact Kaylynn Stahlbusch with any questions.
You Are Invited: Youth Apprenticeship Days Interview Days
Tuesday, April 20 | North High School
Thursday, April 22 | Memorial High School
The Eau Claire Area Youth Apprenticeship Consortium is excited to partner with Eau Claire Area High Schools to pair students with employers through the Youth Apprenticeship (YA) Program. Sign up to do interviews with students who are ready to enter the workforce!
Interviews will be held in person at North High School on April 20, and Memorial High School on Thursday, April 22. Please use the link below to sign up for a time slot. Once you’ve signed up we will send out communication about safety measures for the interview days.
Career Pathways include:
Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
Architecture & Construction
Hospitality, Lodging & Tourism
Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM)
Transportation, Distribution & Logistics
New to Youth Apprenticeship? Check out information about benefits, career programs, responsibilities and requirements for employers who employ a YA. Click Here.
If you are interested in signing up for YA Interview Days, click the Sign Up Genius button below.
Professional Volunteers Needed: College of Business SPDP Networking Events Spring 2021
We are in need of professional volunteers for the spring Networking Events on Thursday, March 25th and Monday, April 5th from 5:30-7:30 p.m. This event is designed to prepare 1st and 2nd year students for the professional workplace while applying what they learned in previous student professional development workshops. It is also the final workshop in a series designed to prepare students for the professional workplace.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the SPDP Networking Event will be held virtually via Zoom.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (CST)
5:30-6:10 PM Keynote Speaker: Chad Getchell, PeopleScout
6:10-6:15 PM Break
6:15-7:30 PM Speed Networking
NETWORKING EVENT FORMAT:
Register online to participate in the event. We hope you are able to join us!
FEMA Recruiting for Temporary Position at Vaccination Clinic
FEMA is recruiting for non-clinical staff to work at a temporary FEMA vaccination clinic at Zorn Arena that is a partnership with UWEC, Eau Claire City-County Health Department, and FEMA.
USAJOBS - Job Announcement
Our team is excited to have this opportunity available for people who may need/want short term employment.
Supporting Women in the Workplace
Gallup: 7 Ways to Save Your Working Moms Before It's Too Late
The pandemic changed everything. And while the future of the traditional "8-to-5 workplace schedule" is uncertain, there are both positives and negatives regarding the new approach to getting work done. One of those negatives is that the workforce is currently down 500,000 more women than men compared with before the pandemic began.
Bureau of Labor Statistics' data have consistently shown that the labor force participation rate has shrunk more among U.S. women than men, translating into 2.3 million fewer women and 1.8 million fewer men in the workforce in February than were there a year ago.
At the same time, Gallup found that women's wellbeing slipped further than men's as their levels of stress and worry rose. "This year has been a roller coaster blur of exhaustion, treading water, self-doubt, and loss of identity," one working mom* said. "No matter what I did, I couldn't get ahead. I'm behind on emails, behind on work, behind on dishes, laundry, the list goes on. I still find it hard to comprehend that a whole year has gone by. Sometimes I am sad I didn't appreciate it enough, and sometimes I am thankful it is over."
That feeling explains the rationale behind the departure of so many women from the workforce: They left because they couldn't keep carrying what felt like the weight of the world on their shoulders.
Gallup: Black Women in the Workplace
A survey conducted by the Gallup Center on Black Voices between Nov. 6 and Dec. 1, 2020, found that Black women are less likely to feel they are treated with respect in the workplace. They are also less likely to feel like a valued member of their team and that their coworkers treat everyone fairly.
This could be related to role. Black women -- about 60% of whom are employed, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics -- are disproportionately represented in lower-wage jobs like food service and healthcare assistance, and they are more likely than any other racial/ethnic group to have a full-time minimum-wage job. The Gallup Center on Black Voices finds that only 13% of Black women strongly agree they have access to good jobs in their community, and just over a third say they're living comfortably on their present income.
Gallup: How Have U.S. Working Women Fared During the Pandemic?
This analysis is meant to advance that understanding using U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) employment trends from February 2020 through February 2021, as well as Gallup and U.S. Census Bureau data on the factors influencing women's workforce participation.
Cultivating Company Culture
MRA: Creating a Captivating Culture
What happens when employees feel that their organization’s culture isn’t up to snuff? Often, they look to leave. Since the onset of the pandemic, employees have been acutely aware if managers have stayed true to the culture of their company.
It has never been more important for an organization’s culture to shine. Employers need to care for their people emotionally, financially, and for each employee individually as a person. If that’s not happening, there’s a good chance that companies are losing great people.
With culture in the hot seat, we examine the biggest questions being asked by employers and offer tips for improvement.
Questions the article covers:
MRA: Can You Spot a Good or Bad Culture?
Culture. It is a fascinating topic. You can’t see it or touch it, but your company’s culture has a profound impact on your organization. It can get people to work for you, it helps employees engage at work, it dictates whether people stay, and often it is why people leave.
The culture of an organization is created by the people who work there and their strengths and weaknesses (moments they shine, and moments they are not the prettiest versions of themselves). So, the big question is, do leaders intentionally create an environment that is aspirational and healthy or do they leave culture to chance?
Across positions, generations, and workgroups, people are not staying as long as they used to. What can you do about it? The answer: Work on your culture. It is either part of the solution or part of the problem.
To help, take a look at your organization’s culture and identify what’s working and what’s lacking.
Making a Difference. Royal Credit Union Creates a Positive Impact.
Royal Credit Union’s beliefs are deeply rooted in doing the right thing for both its team members and credit union members. Thanks to COVID-19, many opportunities to help, care, and nurture their people and those they serve have been front and center.
The credit union employs 650 team members throughout their 23 locations across western Wisconsin and the metro Twin Cities area. The member-owned organization, founded in 1964, is headquartered in Eau Claire, WI.
As the pandemic closed in on the United States, Royal Credit Union knew that its grip would be a stifling game-changer.
“Like most essential businesses, we were fully compliant with all CDC and state regulations. We also closely monitored team members and the quickly changing COVID-19 situation,” said Joe Underwood, Organizational Talent Advisor II. “We understood that life as we knew it was about to change.”
Royal Credit Union has more than 230,000 members, and many had unique scenarios due to the pandemic. So, leadership put their heads together to figure out what their members needed most. They came up with relief programs where anyone who had a consumer loan would not receive late charges for six months. They also decreased overdraft protection charges, among other things.
Getting Real About Virtual Culture Dilemma
Stacy Whaley - Fire Up & Lead
How do you cultivate an engaged, collaborative, and adaptive culture when everyone’s working separately from their own virtual bubble?
The answer? Invest in your people.
A Wiley survey found that while 98% of leaders surveyed agree it’s worth their team’s time to develop their social and emotional skills, only 9% strongly agreed that they know how to make that happen.
Leaders need to invest and help their people develop the soft skills needed to create a high-performing culture if they want to make a difference.
Imagine a work culture that truly valued their employees and worked with them to mold the best schedule for them and the team. Or one where everyone's opinions were heard and respected.
Building trust is not easy, but examples like these show that small changes can make major impacts on workplace culture. Being intentional with how we are interacting with others and engaging our workforces is how we build trust within our teams.
Like the quote says, it will take time and work, but it will be worth the investment.
Ted Talk Videos
Unconscious Behaviors in Corporate Culture
5 steps to remove yourself from drama at work | Anastasia Penright
Podcasts on Company Culture
The Meaning of Work, by TED Radio Hour
The NPR podcast TED Radio Hour covers all things TED. That is, any ideas, concepts, or inventions that push our minds forward. In episode ‘The Meaning of Work,’ TED speakers dive into why we work for a living and how we can make the experience more meaningful.
The Insanity of Leadership, by Everybody Matters
The Everybody Matters episode The Insanity of Leadership is a refreshing take on company culture: It covers the importance of truly human leadership in driving a strong culture and organizational success.
Scaling Companies… and Culture, by a16z
In the world of rapidly growing startups, how can entrepreneurs successfully scale their culture? This episode of the a16z Podcast shares Ben Horowitz’s and Lars Dalgaard’s founder stories and their recommended success factors for scaling companies to maintain a strong culture.
Eau Claire Chamber
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