The Connector: Edition 30

The Connector Newsletter 2

Quarterly Town Halls!

Our quarterly Town Hall was on Thursday, October 14 and it was FA-BOO-LOUS! Town Halls are great ways to communicate with your team. Share what is happening with the company and your people! We just decided to make them themed and everyone really gets into it!

We told our team the theme was Halloween and boy did they run with it! The prizes for best theme went out to our HR leaders Kate, Ashley R, Ashley E, Jen, Beth, Lindsay, and Lauren who took Disney to the next level, the prize for scariest

went to Jen as Maleficent, and the prize for most creative went to Tracy as a French Kiss!

The fun did not stop there! On Friday, October 15 our team headed to Linvilla Orchards
in Media, PA for a Fall Family Night! It was the perfect way to kick off the weekend and get our team members and families together to CONNECT and to have FUN! The kiddos had a blast!

1. Candidates Have the Upper Hand

Let's face it, hiring is tough this year. Candidates hold the power when it comes to flexible work arrangements and higher pay. A survey through Jobvite shared top priorities for recruiters as we head into 2022 in an article from HR Morning.

Improving the quality of hire, improving time-to-hire, and increasing retention rate are just a few goals and tactics for recruiters. Check out the full article here.

2. Technology Trends Drive Growth

Growth, digitalization, and efficiency are three priorities for CEO's in 2022. Organizations need to adapt to the ever-changing conditions. Gartner shares a strategic roadmap to fulfill your business objectives.

Learn about engineering trust, sculpting change, and accelerated growth, and the 12 technology trends for your organization. Check out the full article here.

3. Performance Appraisals

Performance appraisals are not scary and they shouldn't be! In fact, they are a great way to provide feedback to employees and are a critical element of performance management. Does your organization have an effective performance appraisal system?

XpertHR shares a 60-minute webinar on why many performance appraisal systems fail at helping their employees improve. Check out the full article here.

4. Leading with Diversity

The pandemic has impacted how companies are acting with agility to create new strategies and policies to ensure diversity and inclusions conversations do not fade.

In this article Forbes shares why organizations need to work on diversity and break the ceiling of words and policies through the actions of leaders, peers, and teams. Check out the full article here.

5. Women in the Workplace

Women leaders are stepping up to support employees. Women have made important gains in representation despite the burnout from a year and a half of the COVID-19 pandemic.

McKinsey & Company shares results from the 2021 Women in the Workplace Report and although women have made significant gains, burnout is still on the rise. Check out the full article here.

6. HR Goes Undercover

Have you ever gone undercover in your organization to see what it's like in your team member's shoes?

SHRM shares how a VP of HR attended new-hire orientation, worked on the manufacturing floor and learned invaluable information. The biggest takeaway...communication. Communication was falling short and by investing time and going undercover she was able to make the necessary changes for new hires to succeed in their role. Check out the full article here.

7. Let's Go Local...

Boo! If you are looking for something to do with the family for Halloween, check out Boo at the Zoo at Elmwood Zoo in Norristown, PA this weekend!

Need your fill of fall foliage? Visit Philadelphia has a list of locations that will be picture-worthy when it comes to the best landscapes around. So beautiful!

Start planning for the holidays! Comcast Spectacor will hold a 5-acre Tinseltown Holiday event in Montgomery County. Check it out here!

Have a wonderful week...only 65 more days until 2022. Did you buy your turkey yet?

Wellness Wednesday...

Halloween is on Sunday so make it fun for all! Did you know......??

Allergy-Free

A teal pumpkin by your door lets trick-or-treaters know you have allergy-free treats. A teal bucket signifies a person who can only receive allergy-free treats. Find out more about the Teal Pumpkin Project here!

Autism Awareness

A blue bucket helps promote awareness for trick-or-treaters with autism. Learn more about the Blue Bucket for Autism here!

And of course what is the most popular Halloween Candy out there? USA Today shows us the top 10! Do you agree? What's yours?? Who knew that we spend $3 billion on candy every year - get those dentist appointments ready! Enjoy and stay safe!