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The third annual Big Idea Workshop will help Quad-City workplaces explore how to create employee engagement through improved communications and relationships.

Hosted by Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mississippi Valley, the 2018 workshop is themed EQ=EE, or Emotional Engagement = Employee Engagement. It will be at 8:30 a.m., March 1, at Rhythm City Casino and Resort in Davenport.

"I think most employers want their workforce to give their best each day," said Beth Clark, Big Brother Big Sisters' development director. "It really takes each individual, and their understanding of their own behavior and communication style to make that happen."

She said the training is "not just for the CEO level" but for also for department managers, supervisors and their employees. 

Mike Veeck, the founder of Fun Is Good, a Minneapolis/St. Paul consulting firm, and his team will present the three-hour training. Veeck, a nationally renowned speaker, entrepreneur and college professor, also is a partner/owner along with actor Bill Murray and other partners in the St. Paul Saints minor league baseball team.

Clark said the workshop topic was selected after several major local employers pointed to the need for employee engagement and emotional intelligence training. "They're trying to create more of a work environment where employees identify with their company and value it," she said.

The interactive workshop will focus on helping people to better understand their emotional intelligence, or EQ, and tap into into their passions and joy.  If workers bring that EQ, along with enhanced communication techniques, to the workplace, she said the result will be more a more engaged and productive workforce.

With the cost of the speakers covered by the presenting sponsors: Quad-City Bank & Trust, Estes Construction and The Sedona Group, Clark said the agency can provide the professional training at more affordable prices for local businesses and locally.

"The greatest part is that the proceeds all go to support children in our community who are facing some kind of adversity," she said. For nearly 30 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has matched area youth with individual adult mentors. It serves nearly 700 children a year.

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