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Happy 2023! How are you planning for the year?

Do you take time to set intentions and plan for the new year? Identifying the intentions that will be meaningful and doable can make a huge difference in your work and personal life. The New York Times says your goals “should be smart – and SMART. Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-Bound. Source Workplace resolutions…

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Focus on Your Employee’s Mental Health

Learn The Signs In the workplace, mental health problems manifest in a multitude of ways. Here are some employee behaviors that may be signs of a mental health problem: https://www.mranet.org/resource/what-do-when-employee-needs-mental-health-help Working slowly Missing deadlines Calling in sick frequently Increasing absenteeism Expressing irritability and anger Having difficulty concentrating and making decisions Appearing numb or emotionless Withdrawing from work activity Overworking Forgetting directives, procedures, and requests Having difficulty with work transitions or changes in routines These symptoms could also result when an employee has a family member suffering from a mental health problem or other serious health issues. Such situations can sometimes…

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The Connector Editor Highlight – Deb Nichols

The members of the Chamber’s Workforce Development Committee take time to help curate and edit the monthly Connector. This month we are highlighting Deb Nichols. Deb Nichols is the Director of Business Services for West Center Wisconsin Workforce Development Board. She has worked in the field of advocacy and servant leadership for over 25 years.…

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November Connector: Middle School Tour

North Star Middle School Employer Tours: The Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce organized employer tours for Northstar Middle School. This event was a great opportunity for middle school students to start thinking about career opportunities and what they want to pursue in their life. We’d like to thank the companies that were a part of…

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November Connector: Solutions Summit Recap

Workforce Solutions Summit 2022 Recap: The Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce had a great turnout of employers across the region and excellent information was shared. The keynote speakers and breakout sessions gave employers a chance to share ideas to solve workforce problems and implement changes in the workplace. Ron Wirtz was the first keynote…

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Renee Ernsting, Child Care Partnership

Renee Ernsting is the Director of Child Care Partnership. She has worked for the agency for 20 years in various positions, promoting positive outcomes for young children and their families in 10 western Wisconsin counties.  Her current focus is on connecting families with child care services, developing child care professionals, and collecting data that impacts…

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Renee Sommer, At The Roots LLC

Renee Sommer is a WI State Certified Peer Specialist and Founder of At The Roots LLC. Renee has lived experience with neurodivergency, anxiety, depression, PTSD, C-PTSD, self-harm, suicidal ideation, and self-medicating. As a sexual assault survivor and member of the LGBTQ+ community, she offers support to the community that is trauma-informed, inclusive, and peer-centered. For…

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Kristel Tavare, Chippewa Valley Technical College

Kristel Tavare is the Director of PK-12 Initiatives at Chippewa Valley Technical College. She has been in this role for the past five years. Prior to CVTC she has served as an academic advisor at University of Wisconsin- Stout, a K12 counselor, and a teacher. Her program is the fastest growing area of the college…

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Mike Dieter, Express Employment Professionals

As General Manager of Express Employment in Winona, Mike Dieter enjoys helping companies become employers of choice to attract top talent. When not serving his team, Mike is active on the Winona Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, chairs the Economic Development Committee and spends as much time on the Mississippi River boating and…

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