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Workforce Motivation Topic of New Workshop Series

By Kate Garlock
APRIL 20, 2007--The UW-River Falls outreach office, in partnership with the River Falls Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau and Chippewa Valley Technical College, will host a new series designed to motivate employees and offer insight on how to better succeed in a competitive market.

The inaugural presentation in the new Lunch 'n Learn series is the workshop " Power Up! How to Motivate Yourself and Your Employees" at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, April 26 in Room 124 of the RDI building on the UWRF campus. Participants will learn how to attain a higher level of productivity through motivation and other strategies. There is a $30 registration fee that includes lunch.

Dave Vollmer, of Chippewa Valley Technical College, will present the workshop. Vollmer has experience in various industries including quality and leadership with large and small companies alike, including Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Marshfield Clinic, and Phillips Plastic.

"People can attend over their lunch hour so it's not taking a huge time commitment away from their day," says Linda Jacobson, one of the coordinators of the Lunch n' Learn workshops. "It's a quick little shot in the arm to rejuvenate and reconnect and give you that little extra spark."

The idea for a working lunch seminar open to the public was developed last fall between the three organizations. "We had talked about for a long time where we could work together to complement efforts, and this just seemed to be a natural fit for something like that," Jacobson said. "It's our way of saying let's do something in partnership where we're addressing those issues for our common clientele."

Another event in the Lunch 'n Learn series is tentatively set for June 14 and in October and November. "The topics that we chose came off of a survey that the chamber had done targeting business needs in the community," Jacobson said.

The June event examines what is important for those entering or re-entering the workforce. The workshop will give attendees some insights as to what skills and characteristics that businesses are seeking and how to progress and succeed in your job.

"Sometimes it's helpful to go and get your bucket filled," Jacobson said. "I firmly believe - and I find this personally - that having a chance to go network with other people and get my bucket filled, where I'm not expected to give out but I can get something put back in, rejuvenates me and gives me more energy to move on."


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