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The Connector: Ed. 97

Jun 19th, 2024 | The Connector

It's time to celebrate! 🎉

We’re excited to announce The O'Connor Group is one of Inc’s Best Workplaces of 2024!

We are incredibly grateful to our team for making this achievement possible. At TOC we strive to create a workplace culture that encourages collaboration, inclusion, creativity, and personal growth. Here's to many more years of growth, success, and positivity in the workplace!

1. 4 Steps You Need to Follow to Make It Through Any Crisis With Your Company Intact

A crisis can impact your company at any time. Entrepreneur shares four steps to follow to keep your team intact.

Foster a resilient, unified team capable of handling any situation by taking proactive steps. Introduce your team to crisis management gradually by providing safe opportunities to navigate smaller, low-risk challenges. These regular, manageable difficulties will help your team build confidence and skills.

Maintain transparency and open communication. Listen to your team's concerns, dedicate time to their needs, and be honest, even when the truth is difficult.

Lastly, celebrate every victory, no matter how small, to build morale and reinforce your team's ability to overcome challenges. Read the full article here!

2.  June Signature Events

TOC HR Office Hours

Thursday, June 27th🔷 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. Register here!

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3. Gen Z workers Dissatisfied with Career Readiness

Recent findings reveal that younger workers feel disadvantaged in today’s competitive job market. Nearly two-thirds of surveyed Gen Z workers under 24 express dissatisfaction with how their school or college prepared them for employment, according to a report from CYPHER Learning, a provider of learning platforms for business and academic training.

The survey highlights the career readiness challenges faced by Gen Z as they transition from education to the workforce. An alarming 63 percent of respondents believe they lack the necessary skills to compete in today’s job market. Additionally, nearly 80 percent of these young workers have seriously considered leaving their jobs due to a perceived lack of professional development opportunities, compared to 54 percent of workers aged 45 and older. Read the full article here!

4. Introducing The REACH Group

We are excited to introduce you to The REACH Group, a woman-owned educational consulting firm committed to making a significant difference in the lives of parents of neurodivergent children. Co-founded by Kristin K. Meyer, Ed.D, and Dana Emery, M.Ed, The REACH Group is dedicated to empowering parents and fostering open communication between families and schools, specifically navigating the complexities of Special Education and Disabilities. 

Their mission is aligned with creating a community where every family, regardless of financial constraints, has the support they need. This vision extends to supporting private schools with identified students, offering IEP guidance, and assisting families through the IEP process. Learn more here!

5. How to Direct Your Next Career Move

Indira Gandhi couldn’t have been more right when she said, “The power to question is the basis of all human progress.” As India’s first female prime minister, her focus was at a societal level, but the message resonates on a personal level as well.

Adopting this mindset, along with a flexible and repeatable process, enables professionals of all kinds to make excellent career decisions, regardless of what challenges they may face.

Fast Company shares five powerful questions that will direct your next career move. Read the full article here!

6. HR After Dark Episode 2: Navigating Workplace Conflicts

Episode 2: Navigating Workplace Conflicts, hosted by Marcia O'Connor and Meghan Popoleo is here!

Conflicts can arise from a variety of sources, whether it's disagreements between coworkers, misunderstandings between employees and their managers, or even conflicts stemming from organizational changes or restructuring. When these conflicts occur, HR must step in and address them promptly and effectively.

In this episode, Marcia and Meghan share strategies HR professionals can use to resolve workplace conflict. Listen here!

7. The Do's and Don'ts of Appreciation

With burnout and stress persisting in American workplaces, business leaders must rethink their approach to employee wellbeing. A recent Gallup poll revealed that 75% of employees with declining well-being felt underappreciated and considered leaving their jobs. How can we ensure that employees feel content, productive, and valued? 

HR Dive shares how companies can foster a people-focused workplace by laying out the do's and don'ts of appreciation. Read the full article here!

8. Let's Get Local...

Summer kicks off this Friday and we are ready for the warm weather, weekend trips to the shore, vacations, and more!

If you are starting to plan out your 4th of July weekend, you can check out these 35 must-visit destinations from Reader's Digest. Learn more here!

9. Wellness Wednesday...

Odors in your laundry can be caused by several things. Hyacinth Tucker, Owner of The Laundry Basket, LLC shares three tips on how to remove smells from your clothes.

Vinegar, enzyme detergent, lemon juice, and essential oils are the answers to the stubborn odors lingering on your clothes. Read the full article 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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