The Connector: Edition 27

The Connector Newsletter 2

Innovation!

Did you know that The Connector was an idea we had while taking a walk at a park when COVID started? We now reach over 15,000 people versus the 3,000 with our first edition! We had some many great innovative ideas over the past 18 months because we had the time to think about change and making a difference.

Innovation is a key piece here at The O'Connor Group and last Friday we held our bi-annual Innovation Day at align.Space with our managers. We came up with some amazing ideas that typically we have the time to really discuss! Try it with your team - the ideas keep coming! Pick three and make it happen!

Why is Innovation so important now? Here's a great article from Forbes
that give us some reasons why! Start an Innovation Day!


1. Boosters and Breakthroughs

How will the Delta variant affect return to work and school? Connect with our friends from Life Sciences of Pennsylvania (LSPA) during their Vaccine Town Hall on Friday, September 24 from 9:00 AM - 10:45 AM EST to hear from a panel of experts on updates with breakthrough cases, vaccine boosters, mandates, and more! Register here!

2. Transforming the Economy through Hybrid Work

According to a recent study of more than 30,000 U.S. employees, working from home around one day a week will boost productivity by 4.8%. Recently, many companies have made a shift and continuing to support remote work at times more than three days per week. As more work happens away from traditional offices, workers will infuse a wider range of communities with their wealth and business knowledge, distributing economic gains more equitably. Read the full article here.

3. Cloth Mask Ban on Airlines

Yes, masks are back again. Which ones really work? Well, Germany and Austria are banning cloth masks on some airlines and public spaces arguing that they are not as effective as medical masks in the midst of the delta variant outbreak. As Germany and Austria are mandating medical-grade masks, it is still unclear whether or not American companies will follow as well. This article from Fast Company shares more! Read the full article here.

4. Trust in the Workplace

What is the difference between good leaders and great leaders? Trust. At every level in an organization, team success relies on trust. Trust creates a community of dedicated and empowered employees. Stand-even-alone-for principle, help others to be better, face issues head-on, tell the truth, be steady under pressure, and take responsibility, are a few actions you can do as a leader to build and maintain trust in your organization. This article from HR Morning goes into why Trust is so important. Read the full article here.

5. Deconstructing the Great Resignation

According to a recent survey from SHRM, over 40% of U.S. workers are actively searching for a new job, or plan to soon. Millennials and members of Generation Z are more likely to be searching for a new job right now. Who would have thought that 'Commute' would be a #1 reason why people are resigning? Well...it's happening. Other reasons employees are looking to leave include, better compensation, work/life balance, benefits, career advancement, vaccine mandates and making a career change. Read the full article here.

6. CEO's: Do's and Don'ts for Announcing Return to Work

The Gartner Communications Research team reviewed 20 recent CEO and company statements on return-to-work plans and have three major takeaways.

First: Start by communicating with employees.

Second: Don't make it personal

Third: Evaluate the policy before you speak.

and of course we phrased the 3 C's and a P! - Communication, Caring, Compassion and Patience!

7. Let's Go Local...

If you love the fall then you will fall in love with Linvilla Orchards. From pick-your-own fruit, hayrides, pumpkins, farmers market, garden center, and more it is a great venue for the whole family to enjoy!

Visit Philadelphia this fall and check out Terrace On Tap. On the second-floor Liberty View Terrace at Independence Visitor Center, featuring local brews from Workhorse Brewing Co. and Wissahickon Brewing Co. and food by Brûlée Catering.

Don't forget to save the date for the Great Gals Brunch benefiting Bringing Hope Home on Sunday, September 19 from 11:00 AM- 2:00 PM at the Springfield Country Club. Enjoy a fun morning with friends and family, a wonderful brunch, silent auction, wine pull, and more. Join HOPE Nation and help families with cancer pay their bills.

Wellness Wednesday...

It's been a touch 18 months and many of us have been touched by grief. There are wonderful local places that you can reach out to help with mental health. One in particular are our friends at Peter's Place.

Peter’s Place opened its doors on September 12, 2001, and provides essential bereavement support services across the five-county Philadelphia area. They provide onsite and offsite grief support programs to grieving children, families, and mental health professionals. Children and teens come together to share their feelings, play games and do creative grief activities while accompanying adults attend a parent/caregiver support group.

Happy 20th Anniversary Peter's Place and THANK YOU

for making such a difference to so many people. We are so proud to support the mission of Peter's Place who are our September #connectorswhocare charity of the month!