The Connector: Edition 18

The Connector Newsletter 2

May is Mental Health Awareness month and we will be sharing our Wednesday Wellness Tips on how to avoid stress, stay positive, and how to get physically active. Staying active is very important to us at The O'Connor Group. The addition of a Peloton bike and free weights to our office has been a huge hit with our team.

Take a break from your work and get active... your mind and body will thank you! View our Wednesday Wellness Tips on LinkedIn.

Hear from industry Trailblazers at our June Panel on Thursday, June 3rd from 9-10:30 AM EST as they lead the discussion on Employee Benefits - Trends for 2021 and Beyond.

Please join us for the next Ask HR Office Hours on Thursday, May 13th from 3:00-4:00 PM EST. This live Q&A is a great option for those of you who want to connect with our HR experts but may not have an hour to dedicate to a webinar. Jump on anytime to ask your burning HR question or hear what others are asking.


1. Get Your Pennsylvania COVID Updates Here

Pennsylvania will eliminate mask requirements once 70% of adult residents are fully vaccinated. Philadelphia will review what surrounding states are doing before announcing plans for a full reopening, while the rest of Pennsylvania plans to drop most COVID restrictions by the end of the month. Get the latest details from the Philadelphia Inquirer on all things Coronavirus in Pennsylvania.


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3. Has skill-building shifted in your company?

Skill-building during and after COVID-19 is becoming common practice, social and emotional skills are in demand, and there’s a recipe for successful skill transformations. The full article shares survey results that can shape the way we think about skill-building in our organizations.


4. It's Time To #CheckIn On Your Mental Health

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. This past year has been difficult for many of our employees, causing their mental health to fall behind in their busy lives. Thanks to our friends at New Directions who put together a useful toolkit on how to check in with your employees' mental health. It's not only important to check in on your employees, but also your friends and family!


5. How To Create Herd Immunity In The Workplace

Want to get back into the workplace, but not sure how to encourage your employees to get the vaccine? This SHRM article gives some great ideas such as time off and other incentives that employees will appreciate. It also explains HR's role in rolling out these incentives and the information they can provide to ensure their employees are comfortable.


6. What's In Store For The Future of HR?

We all know the pandemic has affected companies small and large throughout the pandemic, but where can we look to go? It isn't a one size fits all plan to get out of the pandemic. We are all in limbo wondering when we are going back to the office, are we staying remote, or is a hybrid option possible? All these questions and more are discussed in this article about the future of HR, and some solutions companies can look to.

7. Let's Go Local!

Our friend John Goncher has made a pivot to start his own business! Wild Yeast Bakehouse is a home-based micro-bakery serving its local community with fresh, naturally-leavened (aka ‘sourdough’) bread. Check out their website and their menu here!

Have you heard of our friends Two Robbers? Their innovative line of hard seltzers is perfect for the summer! Refreshing, relaxing, and low calories are perfect for by the pool, at the beach, or a family BBQ!

First Fridays are back in downtown West Chester! Stroll through the town, visit the local shops, and try the delicious food and thirst-quenching drinks! Check out what else you can explore in West Chester here!


We Need Your Help...

Bringing Hope Home® is a non-profit organization that provides Unexpected Amazingness® to local Families with cancer through financial and emotional support. Through our Light of Hope Family Grant, they offer a one-time grant to pay essential household bills for families with cancer. To learn more about Bringing Hope Home, or to help out, click here!