The Connector: Edition 12

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Welcome Back!

In February we celebrate Black History Month. Throughout the month we would like to highlight individuals who paved the path towards equality, and this week we are excited to present an amazing Philadelphia "forgotten hero," Octavius Catto.

Octavius Catto, who moved to Philadelphia in his youth, was an educator, orator, civil rights activist, and baseball player. Catto was very driven by the Civil War to fight for equal rights. He teamed up with Frederick Douglas and other leaders to form the Recruitment Committee in hopes to get African Americans to join the Union and fight for emancipation. Throughout his whole life, Catto was an advocate for, and helped bring success to the change of the 15th amendment to no longer discriminate voters based on race, and also desegregate the trolley system in Philadelphia.

On the first election day where African Americans were allowed to vote, at age 32, Catto was shot and killed outside of his home. His hard work and legacy continue to live on, and the impact he had on Philadelphia is shown to this day.

How are you recognizing and celebrating Black History Month in your workplace?

1. "Can I Mandate the COVID-19 Vaccine in my Workplace?"

Thanks to our friend of the firm Christina Reger, she helps break down the debate whether companies should mandate the COVID-19 vaccine. Addressing the fear of your employees, consulting the EEOC, and when it is okay to reject a vaccine is all included to better inform your decision in your workplace. Click here to read the full article!

2. Cover Your Nose and Mouth Posters in 27 Languages

Do you need posters for your office, store, or school? Intellus has what you need! They created a poster that reminds individuals to cover their nose and mouth while wearing their masks to stop the spread. These posters can be downloaded and printed, sent through email, or posted on social media for free for all to use! Get your posters here!

3. Highlight Your Ability, Not Your Experience

Talent Acquisition. It is a crucial part of all companies, but have you considered going outside of your comfort zone to find your next rockstar? This TED Talk by Jason Shen explores how candidates can prove through performance that they will excel at the job, and how employers should consider new ways to identify and cultivate talent.

Want to connect with other strategic Talent Acquisition leaders about innovating ways to identify talent, using AI to recruit, and more? Join us for Talent Talks tomorrow, Thursday 2/18 at 8:30 AM. We hope to see you there! Register for Talent Talks here!

4. 2021 Employee Handbook Updates

Xpert HR released an amazing checklist, broken down by state, for 2021 employee handbook updates. It even includes Federal updates that need to be included in your handbook. Get the checklist for your state here!

Keep in mind...handbooks and compliance policies should always be executed by a Human Resources Professional. If you need assistance with your handbook, establishing compliance best practices, or any other Human Resources-related support, please reach out to us today. We are here to help!

5. Easily Send Fun, Affordable, and Memorable Gifts

Greetabl has personalized gifts that the recipient will always remember! Thank you, I'm Sorry, or Missing You gifts are all types of packages that you can choose from, with the possibility to include personal photos or messages! Who doesn't love getting something in the mail...especially in a Pandemic! Next time you are looking for a great way to send a message, look no further and order from Greetabl! Check out all their customizable Greetabl boxes here!

6. Make Hand Washing Fun For Your Kiddos

We are all washing our hands 24/7 now during this Pandemic, but it might be hard to get your kids to do the same! Well, let's make it fun with a local staple: Crazy Aaron's Clean With Color...a revolutionary technology where the soap changes colors as you wash! This is a great way to get your kids to want to wash their hands and stay safe! Get all of their color-changing products here!

7. Let's Go Local!

There is nothing we love more than supporting small businesses. Check out some of our favorites right now!

The Franklin Institute is hosting Crayola IDEAworks: The Creativity Exhibition. Explore your creativity with multiple activities that stimulate the senses. Get your tickets for the exhibit here!

After your trip to the Franklin Institute, check out Urban Farmer, a modern steak house located right down the street! The delicious menu has multiple options for everyone to enjoy and will be a perfect way to end your day in the city!

Looking to learn more and find ways to celebrate Black History Month in Philadelphia? Check out this mural tour on February 23rd from 6-7 PM or this Stories of Freedom and Justice virtual tour on February 28th at 4 PM! Get your tickets now!

The Greater Philadelphia area's breweries - more than 75 in all, with more than 110 individual locations - continue to play a crucial role in America's beer scene. From breweries to beer gardens to beer-related events, Visit Philadelphia has gathered the Top Picks for Beer in Philadelphia. Check it out!

Wellness Wednesday...

Now more than ever, taking care of yourself is critical! Feeling good throughout the day starts with fueling your body with nutrient-dense food. Check out these 12 tips to help you eat better at home!