The Connector: Edition 21

The Connector Newsletter 2

It's the third week of June and summer is officially here! After an incredibly busy spring, we are excited to take a step back and partake in our summer traditions. We hope you have the opportunity to relax and even go on a well-deserved vacation this summer. With many COVID restrictions lifted, families are looking for places to travel this summer. Check out this article from USA Today with a few family-friendly vacation ideas. Don't forget to follow the CDC travel recommendations on how to make those trips as safe as possible! Where are you going this summer? 🌞



Please join us for the last Ask HR Office Hours of the summer, tomorrow, June 24th 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. Jump on anytime to ask your burning HR questions or hear what others are asking.

1. Stop, Collaborate, and Listen... To Your Employees

Employers need to be hyper-vigilant about employees' needs in our post-pandemic world to combat The Great Resignation. Many employees have surveyed that they would prefer a hybrid work model instead of returning to fully in person. Check out this HR Drive article to see why people are leaving their jobs, and what you can do to stop them!


2. Leverage Your Employees To Spread The Word

Your best brand ambassadors already work for you! Investing in employee advocacy programs can increase your awareness and boost your credibility. Don't use influencers who have to disclose that they are getting paid because people don't feel like this is an honest review. Check out this HR Morning article that explains what employee advocacy programs are, why you should use them, and how to implement them.


3. Support Local AAPI Businesses In Philly

Our friend Kaz Morihata and his wife Yuka Morihata opened Rikumo in 2009 to connect Philly shoppers to modern Japanese designers and artisans. During the pandemic, their store moved completely online. We are excited to share that they are reopening their store in Ardmore this summer! Keep an eye out for when they have their grand opening! Check out some more AAPI businesses in Philly here!


4. Ride To Work is Hiring!

Ride to Work is looking for drivers to join their team! They are a proven solution for employers that are looking to hire employees who require transportation to their job sites. Ride to Work assists workforce development for adversely impacted and marginalized (“AIM”) workers with barriers to employment. Their transportation model fosters collaboration with Philadelphia’s robust network of workforce development agencies, employers, and governments. Click here to learn more and apply!


5. Personal Touch vs. Automation In 2021 Hiring Surge

Last March, recruiters were twiddling their thumbs trying to fill time, and now it seems like there isn't enough time in the day. The true question: is it worth it to get rid of the personal touch to reach more candidates? This HR Drive article breaks down the pros and cons of both a personal approach and automation and when to use each in your recruiting efforts.


6. Build Your Company's Internal and External Success through Human Resources

This SHRM article highlights 10 fact-based HR practices for a company's success, according to Benjamin Schneider. Schneider designed these practices based on his 50 years of consulting and research. They should be viewed as a holistic picture of HR that will yield high levels of employee engagement, customer satisfaction, and loyalty, which will lead to the company's financial success.


7. Let's Go Local...

Need an easy escape? We understand...here's how! Visit Philadelphia partnered with hotels all around Philly so that you can catch a deal on a hotel room! Click here to find out how to book your room today.

Want a good coffee? How about a kitten? Why not both?! Le Cat Café is the perfect location to get the best of both worlds. Located right in Philadelphia, this is a perfect place to find your next fur family member!

Tinicum Park Polo has games every Saturday, and if you haven't been, you're missing out! Check out the schedule and events here and plan your next trip to Tinicum Park!


Have You Signed Up...

Our friends at Bringing Hope Home are hosting their 7th Annual Sea Isle City STOMPS Cancer Social Distance 5K & Family Walk and Virtual 5K & Family Walk starting on June 26th. The in-person event is on Saturday, June 26th and the virtual event will be open for a week from June 26th-July 4th. Get active with your whole family in this great event to bring Unexpected Amazingness to local families. JOIN OUR TEAM: TOCGRP Team!