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The Connector Ed. 82

Oct 27th, 2023 | The Connector

🎉 Exciting News! 🏆

We are thrilled to announce that The O'Connor Group has again made The Philadelphia Business Journal's prestigious Soaring 76 List! (we were #17 out of 76 this year!)

This incredible recognition highlights our commitment to excellence and the hard work of our dedicated team. We are incredibly proud to be among the top companies driving growth and innovation in the Greater Philadelphia region.

But the celebration doesn't stop here! We invite you to watch our video below, where we share what qualities make us deserving recipients of this award. 📽️✨

Thank you to our amazing clients, partners, and team members for your unwavering support. This award belongs to each and every one of you! 🙌🥂

1. The Extraordinary Time Steve Jobs Taught Everyone the Most Important Lesson in Business

On the 12th anniversary of Steve Jobs' passing, the article reflects on his enduring legacy as a tech entrepreneur. It highlights a memorable lesson from the past, focusing on the "Antennagate" scandal that surrounded the release of the iPhone 4 in 2010. Apple's response to the controversy, including a press event with Steve Jobs addressing the issue alongside Tim Cook and Bob Mansfeld, underscores the company's commitment to addressing challenges head-on and maintaining its reputation for innovation.

Read the full article here!

2. 4 Steps to Drastically Improve Conversations With Those Who Disagree With You

Have you ever found yourself in a meeting alongside a colleague who adamantly refuses to find common ground on a contentious matter? It can be incredibly frustrating and usually leads to a lack of productivity, which is the last thing anyone desires in such a setting. These individuals, who are so entrenched in their own perspectives that they struggle to engage in meaningful communication, can be aptly described as "untalkable."

Read the full article here!

3. Leadership Lessons From an Underdog

We're all drawn to the narrative of an underdog, a modest team triumphing over a seemingly invincible adversary. However, have you ever pondered how these underdogs achieve success against overwhelming odds? Is it mere chance, or is there a winning formula that underlies their victories?

Read the full article here!

4. The U.S. economy added 336K jobs in September,
unemployment rate stays at 3.8%

The white-hot job growth continues into September as 336,000 jobs were added versus the 170,000 expected growth and 100,000 more than in August. A further 119,000 jobs were added with new revisions to the July and August data. The unemployment rate stayed at 3.8%, slightly higher than the 3.7% forecasted rate. Wage growth ticked up by 0.2% to 4.2% year-over-year, lower than the 0.3% and 4.3% expected figures.

Read the full article here!

5. Labor strikes in the healthcare, auto, and entertainment sectors highlight the growing popularity of unions

Public support for labor unions has hit its highest point since 1965 with 71% of Americans now showing support, up from 64% right before the pandemic. Major labor strikes currently underway include the UAW autoworkers union, which is on its fourth week, and Kaiser Permanente, a healthcare organization that has 75,000 striking employees.

Read the full article here!

6. Thought Leadership - The Latest Trends!

Each month our Human Resources and Talent Acquisition team members deliver this valuable resource to keep you in the know of the latest topics and trends impacting the people part of your business.

In our latest HireWire Blog, "Don’t FALL Behind – Be Proactive on Year End HR Processes" HR Advisor, Alexa Mahalidge, MS, SHRM-SCP, shares how to stay ahead of the year-end HR frenzy with these proactive tips to ensure a seamless transition into 2024. From verifying employee information to compliance deadlines, we've got you covered. Let's make the year-end process smooth and stress-free!

Read more at the link here!

7. Wellness Wednesday...

Health and wellness look different for everyone depending on personal goals, but one thing we all have in common that plays a big role is SLEEP.

Having a good nighttime routine can have a huge impact on how well you sleep throughout the night. Here are a few benefits of sticking to some type of nighttime routine:

  1. It improves the quality of sleep you get.
  2. It makes your mornings a smooth sailing experience and hence, more productive.
  3. Your brain functions more efficiently throughout the day.

Now, knowing how important it can be to have a regime at night, here are some steps you can take to implement this daily:

  1. Jot down what you wish to include in your nighttime routine and mark each off for a few nights in a row to help form a habit. (examples – wipe down your space, skincare routine, drink a hot tea, read a chapter in a book, take a walk with your family/dogs, etc. whatever you do, DO NOT SCROLL ON YOUR PHONE)
  2. Make use of digital alarms in the initial days of your nighttime routine to remind you to start your list around the same time each night.
  3. Make goals that are easily achievable at first and add on as you start to form habits.

Obviously, this is easier said than done especially with family running around. Try to incorporate the kids and your spouse into your routine to help keep you accountable and make things run as smoothly as possible. Sleep is so important and needs to be prioritized for overall health!

This information is provided for informational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice. The O’Connor Group makes no representations as to the completeness, suitability, or validity of any information contained herein and will not be liable for any errors or omissions.

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