The Connector: Edition 23

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Last week we celebrated our team's accomplishments at our Quarterly Town Hall. Q2 Theme? Beach Party! ☀️ Prior to the meeting, we sent along packages filled with an array of summer goodies for a little surprise to kick off the day!

July and August are extremely tough months to keep your employees engaged, and may be even more challenging after a year of being stuck at home. Promoting flexibility, encouraging your team to use their PTO, and making meetings FUN are just a few ways that we keep our team engaged all summer long. What are your tricks?!

1. Don't Fall Flat...Stand Out

DE&I is on the top of everyone's mind - and rightfully so! Employers are finding ways to provide training, including diversity in their recruiting efforts, and making it a core focus for their talent planning. The job description is the first impression a candidate receives about the company, so it's important to immediately make an impact. In this SHRM article, Katrina Kibben discusses how to write an inclusive job description to attract diverse candidates.

Read the full article here.

2. Eureka! I Have An Idea

We can all agree we have been stumped during creative brainstorming. This is where teamwork can make the dream work. Introducing a team member into your planning efforts, especially with a different thinking style can make sparks fly. This HR Drive article explains how collaborating with two different creative styles can lead to unconventional yet exciting ideas. Check it out to see how you can promote and foster a teamwork environment to better your organization and end goal.

Read the full article here.

3. Updated I-9 Receipts Guidance

The U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services released updated guidance on what is allowed for identification, in place of a "List A, B, or C" document. This article breaks down the three acceptable receipts that an employee can provide instead. Make sure you are compliant in your organization and check it out!

4. EEOC Provides Guidance Regarding LGBTQ+ Employees

TheEEOC backed a recent Supreme Court case, Bostock v. Clayton County, to agree that discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity is a form of sex-based discrimination, prohibited by Title VII. While it doesn't impact employers' law obligations, it gives insight into how the EEOC interprets the law. This XpertHR article breaks down how this will affect employers and their LGBTQ+ employees.

Read the full article here.

5. Mind, Body, and Wallet?

During the pandemic, we all wanted to check in on our employees' mental health. However, multiple aspects play into someone's overall health. Finances put major stress on individuals, with a study stating that 60% of individuals got stressed just thinking about it. Read this HR Drive article to see what you as an employer can do to ease the financial stress on your employees, which in turn can lead to a massive ROI for your organization.

Read the full article here.

6. Looking Back To Move Forward

Looking to earn redemption for last year's internship fail? This SHRM article allows you to look at some mistakes you might be making in your organization and remedies to fix them! Many young professionals in 2020 didn't get to have the experience of a summer internship, so they are making up for the lost time. Internships are key to gain skills needed to enter the workforce, and providing your interns with a great experience can build their foundation for the future and provide YOU with some new talent!

Read the full article here.

7. Let's Go Local...

Want to explore the history of a small town? Right in the heart of Doylestown is the Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle. It is the perfect place to let your little ones roam, while you learn about local history. Check it out and get your tickets now!

"You're a wizard Harry!" Your chance to explore the magical world of Hogwartz is right around the corner. The Franklin Institute will be debuting a new Harry Potter exhibit in 2022. Read here about the exhibit and make sure you keep your eyes out for tickets!

Looking for a yummy treat while strolling the canals in New Hope? Dilly's at Centre Bridge has the most delicious ice cream and fries to enjoy! Check out this fun local will become a staple for you and your family!

This heat doesn't stop local families from enjoying fruit picking, fishing, an incredible playground, and of course a Beer Garden at Linvilla Orchards! There are activities for all ages at Linvilla - you won't want to miss out!

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Wellness Wednesday...

It is time to put yourself to the test and focus on YOU! This guide gives you 40+ ideas for weekly challenges. Whether they are little or big, physical or mental, these challenges are here to improve your overall well-being and take your daily stressors away. It also provides you with resources to be successful in these challenges. Completing one challenge each week will not only leave you feeling satisfied but will also help you better your self-care. Are you ready?!

Contact us to share ideas!