The Connector: Edition 33

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The holiday spirit is very present at The O'Connor Group! Our office is decked out in festive holiday décor with Christmas trees, Menorahs, poinsettias, stockings, and so much more!

We had a surprise visitor show up last night. We caught him stowing away in our new team member swag surprise, they are out of sight.

Meet our newest team member, Connect the Elf! Who knows where he will end up next, most likely on the bookshelf!

If you know us you know we like to have a lot of fun. We hope you enjoy the rest of The Connector, and let us know what you think when you are done!

1. 100 New Employment Laws for 2022

As HR professionals, we know the many challenges you faced in 2021 including but not limited to return to work policies, vaccination concerns and mandates, and safety protocols.

As we prepare for 2022, XpertHR shares over 100 employment laws at federal, state, and local levels. This is so helpful to kick off the new year! Check out the full article here!

2. Technology Trends for 2022

Every year Gartner identifies technology trends that are critical for your business and why they are valuable.

Check out the 12 strategic trends that will enable CEOs and their leadership teams to deliver growth, digitalization, and efficiency.

Which one is most valuable to your business?! Check out the full article here!

3. How to Lead a Hybrid Team

As we continue to operate in a hybrid workforce leadership teams are struggling to maintain a culture of excellence.

SHRM dives into five rules for leading a hybrid team to set the tone and transform how we interact with our teams who aren't together in person all the time. Check out the full article here!

4. Structure for Group Interviews

Panel interviews are a more common practice to allow the hiring team to get to know the applicant at the same time and to hopefully shorten up the interview process.

HRDIVE shares how group interviews allow the recruiter to access multiple candidates at the same time. While some HR professionals describe group interviews as a way for lazy competition to piggyback off a stronger candidate, others look at it as an opportunity to see who functions best as part of a team and might be a good fit for their company culture. Check out the full article here!

5. Celebrate the Holidays in Your Remote Workplace

Your office holiday celebrations might look a little different this year. But, that is no reason to make it any less fun! KazooHR shares 25 ways to celebrate the holidays in your remote workplace!

Here at The O'Connor Group, we take our White Elephant Gifting VERY seriously! We needed to find a way to include our remote workforce. White Elephant Online to the rescue! There are many packages to utilize your group size and they make the gifting process smooth sailing. Try it out with your team and get ready for many laughs! Check out the full article here!

6. Global Student Entrepreneur Awards

Do you know a young college entrepreneur who wants to grow and make their entrepreneurial ventures thrive?

If they are an undergraduate, own a business that has been operational for a minimum of six consecutive months, and are principally responsible for the operation of the company at the time of application, then they are ready to compete!

Apply now at to go head-to-head against the best student entrepreneurs in the world! The deadline for all applications is December 15th, 2021. It's easy to complete! It's a great way to get in front of other successful entrepreneurs in the area!

Did you know that Disney highlighted the Global Winners last year? So here's your chance - help us spread the word!

7. Let's Go Local...

Are you a Christmas light fanatic? Christmas Prism is a free app that lets you show off your Christmas lights and track other lights in your area!

Holiday attractions are endless this season! VisitPA shares a line-up of must-see holiday attractions. There are so many fun things to do with the family!

Havertown's Annual Reindeer Romp, presented by our friends at Nolan Painting

will take place on Saturday, December 11 at 3:00 PM EST. It is a 5K fun run/walk through the streets of Havertown!

Wellness Wednesday...

Wellness is all about your mind, body, and spirit. Feel good about giving this holiday season by supporting Chester County Food Bank who is our December #ConnectorsWhoCare organization.

For the month of December, we have a virtual food drive through Chester County Food Bank for all our network to participate and fight hunger together!