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The Connector Ed. 92

Apr 10th, 2024 | The Connector

We had a fantastic time bringing together like-minded professionals, sharing experiences, and building meaningful relationships at our Connector Happy Hour!

This event created the perfect platform to expand networks and discover new opportunities. We had an incredible turnout and cannot wait to host our next Connector Happy Hour in the fall!

Remember, we're here to support you. Feel free to reach out to our teams if you need assistance with your career transition, would like to connect with another attendee from the event, or require any additional help.

We extend a special thank you to Birch Benefits and Eliassen Group for partnering with us as co-sponsors of this extraordinary event. We appreciate your ongoing collaboration in cultivating exceptional connections!

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1. With 2 in 5 workers perceiving the world of work as “broken”, business leaders are turning to AI and skill-based hiring to help right the ship.

The latest Global Talent Trends 2024 report by Mercer not only shines a spotlight on artificial intelligence, employee skills, and workforce wellbeing but also provides valuable insights from a diverse group of over 12,200 C-suite executives, HR leaders, employees, and investors. This comprehensive report delves deep into the current challenges facing the world of work and offers innovative solutions to help organizations navigate the complexities of today's rapidly evolving business landscape.

Read the full article here!

2. Effective April 1, California is set to raise the minimum wage of fast-food workers to $20/hr.

A new California state law is poised to boost the hourly wages of fast-food workers to $20 come April. Already, some eateries are making tough decisions like staff layoffs and reduced work hours to navigate cost challenges.

State records reveal that California restaurants, especially pizza places, are strategizing to trim down their workforce in anticipation of the April 1 wage adjustment. Additionally, other operators have either frozen hiring processes or are adjusting employees' schedules.

Read the full article here!

3. April Signature Events

TOC HR Office Hours

Thursday, April 25th🔷 3:00 - 4:00 PM EST

Join us for TOC HR Office Hours where our dedicated HR experts address some of the critical issues we are all facing in the workplace. We are an SHRM Recertification Provider and an HRCI Provider.

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Register here!

4. Women's Resource Center's Breakthrough Breakfast: Thursday, April 18th, 2024

Our very own, Meghan Popoleo, VP of Growth, has joined the WRC Board and is proud to lead in partnership with The O’Connor Group. WRC supports women in the greater Philadelphia area, this breakfast event helps to raise money for the Women’s Resource Center efforts that occur throughout the year. Kim Jenson will be featured in a fireside chat. Network with peers and enjoy breakfast all while giving to this incredible cause.

Register here!

5. Henry A. Davidsen Suit Drive Challenge

This Spring, Henry A. Davidsen, Master Tailors & Image Consultants, is challenging Philadelphians and tri-state residents to declutter their closets and donate gently-used suits and business casual attire from April 8th to May 10th. Your donations will benefit The Wardrobe as part of their Suit Drive Challenge.

We at The O'Connor Group are proud to support this initiative and will be a drop-off location for donations at our office:

3700 Horizon Drive #100
King of Prussia, PA 19406

The Wardrobe is a nonprofit organization that helps empower unemployed individuals through clothing and professional development. We are grateful for the opportunity to contribute to their mission.

Learn more here!

6. Local Happenings

Experience the vibrant arrival of spring in Philly, where outdoor activities, events, and festivals burst into bloom as the season unfolds. Embrace the warmer weather and step outside to immerse yourself in the beauty of botanic gardens and arboreta, like the enchanting Spring Blooms at Longwood Gardens. Shed your winter coat and explore the region's hiking, biking, and running trails.

Indulge in the start of the food festival season with a plethora of April options to tantalize your taste buds, from the Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival to the Food Truck Frenzy at Linvilla Orchards. Treat yourself to al fresco dining at streeteries and patios during events like Dining Out For Life and Dine Latino Restaurant Week.

April brings a lineup of exciting annual events, including the prestigious Penn Relays, the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival, and the electrifying Decibel Magazine Metal & Beer Fest. Don't miss out on the epic celebration of WrestleMania 40, where you can join 200,000 fellow fans at Lincoln Financial Field. Get ready to make unforgettable memories this spring season!

Explore more local happenings here!

8. Good News Corner:

Bringing Hope Home's 23rd Annual Great Guys Dinner is coming up on Thursday, May 2, 2024. The Great Guys Dinner will be a night for reflecting on the previous year’s successes while looking toward future opportunities. The evening will recognize HOPE Nation game-changers, celebrate Family Honorees and kick-off a new year of Unexpected Amazingness!

Click here to secure your ticket!

9. Wellness Wednesday...

The power of mindfulness!

Incorporate mindfulness into your daily routine by taking a few moments each day to focus on your breath. Close your eyes, take deep breaths in and out, and let go of any tension or stress you may be holding onto. This simple practice can help promote relaxation, reduce anxiety, and improve overall well-being. Remember, taking care of your mental health is just as important as caring for your physical health.

There are several excellent apps and resources available for mindfulness practice. Here are a few popular ones:

  1. Headspace: Headspace offers guided meditation sessions, mindfulness exercises, and techniques to help users manage stress, anxiety, and improve focus. It covers various topics such as sleep, productivity, and physical health.
  2. Calm: Calm provides guided meditation sessions, sleep stories, breathing exercises, and relaxing music to promote mindfulness, relaxation, and better sleep. It offers a wide range of content suitable for beginners to experienced practitioners.
  3. Insight Timer: Insight Timer offers a vast library of guided meditations, music tracks, talks, and courses led by mindfulness experts and teachers from around the world. It also includes features like customizable meditation timers and progress tracking.

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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