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The Connector: Ed. 96

Jun 5th, 2024 | The Connector

1. Prioritize your to-do-list

If you think of productivity as simply getting things done quickly, you might be mistaken.

Cal Newport, a Georgetown University professor and author of “Slow Productivity,” suggests that the key to producing more meaningful work is to slow down and focus on doing less. According to Newport, the core principles of slow productivity are to undertake fewer tasks, work at a natural pace, and prioritize quality. This approach can help eliminate the constant busyness of tasks like juggling emails and meetings, allowing you to devote more energy to creating high-quality work.

While slowing down sounds appealing, it can be challenging to implement in a work environment that values immediacy. If your colleagues are quicker to take on projects, how can you excel in your job? Read the full article here.

2. 'Quiet Vacationing' this summer

With Memorial Day weekend behind us, Americans have unofficially welcomed the start of summer. While the warmer months are perfect for outdoor activities, they aren't ideal for job hunting. Hiring slows down as managers, recruiters, and HR professionals take time off, causing the interview process to stretch out like a long, hot summer day.

As workloads lighten and the office atmosphere becomes more relaxed, some employees are embracing a new trend: "quiet vacationing," or pretending to work.

A recent Harris Poll survey found that nearly 40% of Millennial workers admit to taking time off without formally notifying their managers. They engage in tactics such as periodically moving their computer mouse to appear active and scheduling messages to be sent outside of normal business hours, creating the illusion of working overtime and going the extra mile for their employer. Read the full article here!

3. Creativity is a skill you can develop

Creativity is essential for personal and professional success, yet many people find it challenging to cultivate—or they believe they can't. Here are some practical steps and principles to help you adjust your mindset and emotions to boost your creative potential.

This article from Entrepreneur shares how creativity is defined, how emotions are measured and scaled, how to move from force to flow, and more! Read the full article here!

4. HR After Dark Episode 1: Breaking the HR Stigma 

Episode 1: Breaking the HR Stigma of HR After Dark, hosted by Marcia O'Connor and Meghan Popoleo is here!

HR plays a crucial role in shaping workplace culture, fostering employee engagement, and driving organizational success. So, in this first episode of HR After Dark, Marcia, and Meghan address some of the common misconceptions about HR and discuss why it's so important to change the narrative.

6. Larimar Therapeutics Selected by FDA to Participate in START Pilot Program for Nomlabofusp in Friedreich’s Ataxia

Larimar Therapeutics, Inc. (Larimar) (Nasdaq: LRMR), a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on developing treatments for complex rare diseases, today announced that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has selected Nomlabofusp to participate in the Support for Clinical Trials Advancing Rare Disease Therapeutics (START) pilot program. Nomlabofusp is a novel protein replacement therapy designed to address the root cause of Friedreich’s ataxia (FA) by delivering frataxin to mitochondria.

We are thrilled for one of our favorite clients and excited to share this excellent news! Read the full press release here!


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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