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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WEDC Report Assesses Ongoing Economic Impact of COVID-19 pandemic
- Get Everyone Back to Work: The report notes that COVID-19 has transformed Wisconsin’s workforce. Many service-sector jobs, particularly in retail and restaurants, have been eliminated and are not likely to return. It will be crucial to reskill and train people who lost their jobs. The pandemic has reinforced access to high-quality childcare, early childhood education and health care as essential to the economy.
- Fix Broadband: The pandemic has highlighted the digital divide in our state. Education, e-commerce, remote working and even contact with government depend on access to computers and high-speed internet.
- Support Innovation: Innovation fuels job growth, as well as flexibility and resiliency in our businesses. In a time of constrained resources and risk aversion, Wisconsin has the chance to use its innovative, entrepreneurial spirit to launch its recovery.
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As the survey results are effective April 1, 2020, it is difficult to say if this data will be reliable for compensation planning in late 2020 or into 2021. It appears that average pay increase percentages have remained consistent at around 3% in the area. As with any emergency situation though, the impact across employers is uneven with some being very negatively impacted and others scrambling to hire more employees in high-demand jobs. It will be an interesting year for compensation. Now more than ever, employers will need depend on applying good business judgment to determine their response to the pandemic’s impact on wages and salaries.
The survey results were compiled from submissions by 119 organizations in various industries, in an area encompassing the chambers of commerce in Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, La Crosse, Marshfield, Menomonie, Portage County, Rice Lake, Wausau, and Wisconsin Rapids. Also involved were local chapters of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) in the Chippewa Valley, La Crosse, Wausau and Winona, MN. The survey is administered by the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce.
To purchase a copy of the wage survey, please contact Danielle Kummer (715) 858-0614.
Working Parents, Childcare, & COVID-19: U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
Childcare is important for children, and it is essential for working parents. Parents rely on childcare to help them enter, re-enter, or remain in the workforce. but access to affordable, quality childcare is hard to come by. Now due to the COVID-19 pandemic, families are experiencing additional challenges in finding childcare that meets their needs.
In June 2020, the Chamber Foundation surveyed working parents from across the country to understand the impact that childcare has on their ability to return to work. Check out the report below.
Families now face immense pressure to re-evaluate how to meet their childcare needs. Faced with this burden, families are having to make tough decisions regarding their employment situation. As a result, businesses will surely encounter difficulties with their return to work plans, including recruiting and retaining employees.
In June and July of 2020, the Chamber Foundation surveyed employers from across the country of every size and industry to understand the impact that childcare has on businesses' ability to return to work. Check out the report below.
Altoona, Eau Claire Schools Announce Reopening Plans
Both the Altoona and Eau Claire school districts last week announced their plans for resuming classes in the fall. In both cases, the districts will offer a mix of in-person and online options, with families also being able to choose an all-online option.
In Altoona, K-5th grade students will attend classes in person on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, while 6-12th grades will be divided into sections, which will attend in-person classes two days per week, and learn online the other three. All buildings will close on Wednesdays for cleaning.
“The Railroader Return-to-School Plan was collaboratively developed to both follow health official guidance and maximize resources to bring students back to school safely," said Superintendent Heidi Eliopoulos.
In Eau Claire, the mix between in-person and online classes will vary by grade level. For grades 1-2, students will attend in-person classes on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, while grades 3-12 will be assigned a cohort to attend in-person two days per week and online the other three. All schools will be closed on Wednesdays for cleaning.
See the links below for more detailed information from each district regarding their plans.
Challenges for employers, parents and families
With students not going to school five days per week, parents and families will face logistical challenges, as will, by extension, their employers. Eau Claire Superintendent Mike Johnson said the district is exploring partnerships with organizations that can help, like the YMCA, Boys and Girls Clubs, local churches and others. He said that was one reason for getting the plans out as soon as possible. "By planning now, we can help them plan for the future," he said on a morning interview on WEAU last Tuesday, the day after the School Board acted on the plan.
The Chamber will be following up with businesses on how fall school plans will affect their employees and families, and share ideas, resources, and best practices as they develop.
6 steps for employers with a cOVID-19 Positive Case
Virtual Eggs & Issues: The State of public k-12 education
An online virtual event: Thanks to the Perigon system provided by WIN Technology, you'll be able to participate in this event live from your computer.
Registration closes at 12:00 noon on Thursday, August 20. An email address and mailing 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, August 20.
***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.
Building Cultural intelligence (certificate Series) - UW - Eau Claire Continuing Education
Creating culturally intelligent organizations and workspaces has become increasingly important in today’s society. Working towards creating equity, diversity and inclusion goals will improve the efficiency, recruitment, and retention of employees. Create systems for all employees to feel empowered, safe, and equipped to do their
best work. This three-part series lays the foundation for you to support diversity and inclusion in your workplace and personal life.
MRA presents "Hot Topic Leadership Series" - a Chippewa Valley exclusive virtual Event to showcase business leaders and member success stories
Acquiring and Retaining Talent in a Recovery World The talent acquisition landscape has shifted dramatically given the pandemic’s impact on businesses and industries alike. As some employers froze job postings or decreased headcount, others maintained hiring plans or stepped up recruitment efforts. As we look ahead to a job market that may be wildly different from today’s landscape, what is your game plan?
Member: $25 per session or $100 for the entire five-part series
Nonmember: $30 per session or $115 for the entire five-part series
All sessions will be held from 8:15 to 9:15 a.m. CDT.
Recordings will be available for those who register but are not able to attend.
Series topics include:
August 11: Acquiring and Retaining Talent in a Recovery World
September 24: Compensation Trends: Pay, Benefits & Best Practices
October 13: Elections and Politics in the Workplace
November 10: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – Your Responsibility as an Employer and Leader
December 8: 2021 Forecast
Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, Junior Achievement Study: Almost 500 Wisconsin High School Seniors say they are changing their post graduation plans
National Career Readiness Certification Event (NCRC)
This in-person testing event provides you with skills based certification.
August 10, 2020
Chippewa Valley Technical College
Two Sessions Available: 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Volume One - Where the jobs are
Eau Claire Metro Area Jobs by the NumbersFor nearly a decade, these numbers told a pretty positive story about the Chippewa Valley, Wisconsin, and the nation as a whole, with the economy expanding and unemployment steadily ...