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
Sponsorship Opportunities: Breakfast in the Valley 2021
Breakfast in the Valley celebrates the importance of agriculture in our local economy. We are excited to host another Breakfast in the Valley this year, with a little twist on tradition. To provide a safe, yet meaningful, event, slight changes have been made to the event. Breakfast in the Valley BOXES will be available for purchase in celebration of June Dairy Month and to continue support of our area agriculture. Boxes will be available only by pre-order and picked up in drive-thru format the morning of the event. All products will be donated or purchased from local creameries, dairy farms, and/or businesses.
Below, find out more information about being an event sponsor, the link to register for a sponsorship, AND the link to pre-order a Breakfast in the Valley box!
Wage Survey Deadline Extended to May 14th
We are proud to be covering employers from nine chambers of commerce including: Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, La Crosse, Marshfield, Menomonie, Portage County, Rice Lake, Wausau, and Wisconsin Rapids. The local chapters of Society of Human Resource Management in the Chippewa Valley, La Crosse, Wausau, and Winona are also involved.
The contribution of area employers’ data is important because it keeps the wage survey viable and relevant. The data is kept confidential. Our process makes it simple to participate! Please review the instructions and complete the forms by May 14. The necessary documents for survey participation are on the Eau Claire Chamber's Wage Survey website.
If you participate in the 2021 Wage Survey, you will be eligible to join us July 28 for a presentation from Deb Marshall of Wipfli explaining important wage trends and information from the final data results. More information on this event will be available as the date approaches.
There is a minimal cost to receive the report when it is available in mid-July. Chamber, CVSHRM, and Wipfli HR Forum membership qualifies businesses for discounted pricing.
If you have any questions, please contact Danielle Kummer (715-858-0618).
Free On-site COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics
The Eau Claire City-County Health Department is now offering FREE on-site COVID-19 vaccinations!
Keep your workforce healthy by preventing your employees from getting COVID-19 and reducing absence due to illness or quarantine. (*quarantine is not required for close contacts once a person is fully vaccinated)
How it works:
We have openings on Tuesday, April 27th and Friday, April 30th to come to your workplace. Other dates are also available.
*For information about vaccine safety, effectiveness and other information, please visit the Eau Claire City-County Health Department at bit.ly/covid19vaccine-eauclaire.
Additional vaccine FAQ is available here: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/vaccine-safety.htm.
Virtual Eggs & Issues: Legislative Dialogue
Friday, May 21, 2021
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Cost to attend: $25.00 (Chamber Investor)
Join us for a discussion with the area legislators who represent the Chippewa Valley in the State Senate and Assembly in Madison. We'll take a timely look at deliberations underway for the 2021-23 state budget and explore legislative issues of concern to the business community. There will be a Q&A opportunity.
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, May 20. 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. ***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.
Thank you to our Perigon sponsors, Prevail Bank and Royal Credit Union.
Applicants sought for Eau Claire City Council vacancy
The City of Eau Claire is looking for applicants interested in serving on the City Council to fill the final year of the term of At-Large City Council Member Mai Xiong, who resigned last month. Applicants will be invited to interview with the City Council and will be asked to make a brief presentation. Deadline to apply is May 18. Click here for full information.
West Central Wisconsin Economic Development: Talent Attraction Tool
In West Central Wisconsin, there’s always something to do – in fact, you might even have a little trouble keeping up. With its standout quality of life in a spectacular natural setting, the 10-county West Central Wisconsin region offers a wealth of advantages, including standout higher education institutions, a superior transportation network and a deep pool of workforce talent.
Discover the cities that make West Central Wisconsin a thriving place for business: Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls, Menomonie, River Falls, Hudson, Rice Lake and New Richmond.
2022 - 2025 Funding Now Available - United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley
United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley now has the application and related materials for 2022 - 2025 funding available on their website. Click the button below to find out more information.
Indeed: Nine Effective Employee Retention Strategies
The employees of a company are crucial to its success. High turnover rates can affect a company and its ability to reach sales objectives. Developing an effective employee retention strategy can help you improve employee satisfaction rates and ultimately, decrease turnover rates. This article will show you nine effective strategies to help retain the most qualified employees. Listed below are the nine recommendations, follow the link the learn more:
SHRM: Learn How to Prepare for Unexpected Events that Trigger Turnover
Why did you leave your last job? Did you come to the decision gradually, or did an abrupt personal or work-related event trigger you to act? At companies struggling to keep good workers, HR professionals must be able to respond to these sudden “shocks.”
On average, 12 percent of workers leave their jobs voluntarily each year, according to the 2016 Human Capital Benchmarking study from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Dissatisfaction with the position or organization has traditionally been seen as the primary reason people quit. Thus, in the past, retention plans were often broad and focused on the factors thought to be most closely related to job satisfaction, such as rewards, recognition and upward mobility.
In recent years, however, some business leaders have developed methods for predicting which workers will depart based on the employees’ profiles—a fundamental shift away from the strategy of homing in on the traditional drivers of turnover. Taking this tack can help employers foster greater retention of key talent and decrease turnover costs.
Perceptyx: The Connection Between Diversity in the Workplace & Employee Retention
There are many benefits to diversity in the workplace. From the organization’s perspective, it allows access to the widest range of talent, not just talent reflective of a particular worldview or segment of society—and it helps provide insight into the needs and motivations of the organization’s entire universe of potential clients. These benefits result in documented higher profitability.
But workplace diversity also delivers benefits to employees. In the Houston Chronicle, HR expert Ruth Mayhew outlined the various ways employees benefit from a diverse workplace:
Small Business: What are the Advantages of a Diverse Workforce?
Attract & Retain Talent:
A diverse workplace is essential for organizations that are looking to attract and retain talent. According to Deloitte, millennials tend to stay longer with companies that understand the needs of a diverse workforce. Compared to the previous generations, these people have grown up with the idea that diversity and inclusion are crucial. Therefore, they take these aspects into account when making a job decision.
Striving for a diverse workforce can make your company more appealing to job seekers and existing employees alike. Organizations that embrace this approach are seen as socially responsible and have a better reputation. Accenture, Novartis, Gap, L'Oreal and Nestle are just a few examples, according to the Diversity and Inclusion Index published on the Thomson Reuters website.
For example, nearly half of all new hires and one-third of executives at Accenture are women. The company has more than 513,000 employees in 120 countries, fostering a culture of equality. As a small-business owner, you can start by reaching out to specific communities through business networks and social media. Another option is to team up with agencies that help expats and immigrants integrate into their new communities.
When you find the right people, provide them with the tools they need to succeed in their roles. Employees with disabilities, for example, may require height-adjustable desks, one-hand keyboards or speech recognition programs.
Gallup Tool: A Checklist for Retaining Talent in 2021
2020 shook the workplace, but top talent will always be a competitive advantage. Learn how to optimize your employee experience to attract and retain stars and develop their full potential to perform.
Employees First, Customers Second: Vineet Nayar | Ted Talk
"Millions of employees walk through our organizations every day not just to get paid but to be inspired by the vision we have for them", says Vineet Nayar, former CEO of HCL Technologies and author of Harvard Business Press bestseller "Employees First, Customers Second" (EFCS) giving a compelling account of how this idea channelized the energy and passion of 100,000 employees to increase HCL's revenues and market cap over six times! In this must watch 18 minute video Vineet shares at least 8 simple ideas that can do wonders to your Employee Engagement scores and ensure happiness, passion and growth. Not surprisingly Vineet's EFCS philosophy and its execution at HCLT has been described as the "world's most modern management" by Fortune and got him a place in the magazine's first ever Fortune Global Dream-team alongside stalwarts like Steve Jobs.
Vineet Nayar is the former CEO of HCL Technologies, founder of the Sampark Foundation and author of a book that is considered as a revolution in management, Employees First, Customers Second. He not only states simple philosophical principles but also applies them successfully: his company has succeeded the challenge of tripling its turnover ($4.2 billions today). Vineet Nayar has been elected best employer in Asia. His very simple idea of « management by trust » through challenging conventional management practices, was described by the American Fortune magazine as “the most modern management in the world”.He later created his charitable organization Sampark (“to be in contact” in Hindi), focused on the training of teachers. He is thus considered as the man who is resolving India’s problems. Indeed, in a country where tens of millions of children are dropping out of school, Vineet Nayar explains that he wants to “have an impact on millions of lives”.
Business at the Gardens
Wednesday, May 5, 2021
4:30 PM - 8:15 PM
The Florian Gardens Conference Center
Cost to Attend: $15 for Chamber Investors
Come network and share your brand while celebrating Cinco de Mayo on May 5th!!
Business at the Gardens will feature over 50 exhibitors, drinks, door prizes, Cinco de Mayo themed food, and fun!
NEW THIS YEAR - Our "Sunset Reception" from 7:15pm to 8:15pm. Come and enjoy this post-party in the beautiful gardens area with music, cocktails and networking.
Registration is now open, and we strongly encourage you to register online. Cost to attend is $15 ($5 from each registration will go to our Educational Foundation). Walk-ins are welcome but will be required to complete a registration prior to being admitted.
**Per local COVID-19 guidelines and community expectations, the Chamber will take all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of all attendees and exhibitors. We do ask that masks be worn at all times when networking in person.**
Business Salutes Eau Claire: Golf Outing
Attention Golfers! The Chamber’s 36th annual Business Salutes Eau Claire golf outing is coming up later this summer! Check out the video below, featuring the Chamber’s own Phil Swiler and Dave Minor, committee chair Amy Wolfe and the One and Only Tyler Mickelson of WEAU 13 News to learn more about this event and some exciting changes for 2021!
Registration will open soon so watch your email for more details!
Eau What A Night Part Two: Party in the Park
Wednesday, May 19, 2021
5:00 - 9:00 PM
Phoenix Park Pavilion
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED
Cost to Attend: No charge for attendees previously registered for EWAN 2020
Cost for New Registrants: $40
Eau What a Night – Party in the Park is drawing closer! This event is filling up quickly so we encourage you to register soon! As a reminder, this is a private event and registration is required for all attendees.
If you were previously registered for the EWAN 2020 event or the 2021 virtual event, there is no cost but you do still need to register.
Schedule of the Evening:
Per local COVID-19 safety guidelines and community expectations, the Chamber will take all necessary precautions including supplying hand sanitizers throughout the venue, ensuring safely spaced tables and encouraging the wearing of face coverings.
We also ask that if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms to please remain at home that evening. Click here for more information on COVID-19 symptoms.
If you have questions about registration or would like more information regarding the event, please contact the Chamber.
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