The Connector: Edition 44

The Connector Newsletter

We hope you are having a wonderful May! This weekend was full of excitement with the Philadelphia 76er's, the Kentucky Derby, and of course Mother's Day! We collaborated to bring you a TOC Mother's Day Video, sharing wonderful memories of our TOC mothers, daughters, sisters, pet mamas, and besties over the years! Check it out here!

In addition to a fun-filled weekend, we hosted our IN-PERSON Panel at align.Space last week. It was great to see so many new and familiar faces and hear from a dynamic panel on the top things keeping the c-suite up at night. Can you guess what they are? Talent, hybrid working, and company culture are still top of mind for many. Thank you to all that came out, and we can't wait to see you for Part II.

1. the Office

Laughter is contagious! Laughter relieves stress, increases engagement, and boosts well-being. It can also spark creativity and collaboration!

HBR shares the benefits of laughing in the office and how a good chuckle positively impacts the work environment and your day! So, are you ready to laugh? 😆 Read the full article here!

2. Career Transitions in your 40s and 50s

Making a career change is hard for anyone, no matter their age. But, if you are in your 40s or 50s recognizing your transferrable skills can make that dream a reality.

Entrepreneur shares how even when you have an established career and responsibilities it is possible to pursue a new role. It is all about how you apply your skills!

Looking to make a career transition, but unsure where to start? Reach out, and we'll get you connected. Read the full article here!

3. Can Flexible Work Diminish Motivation?

Flexibility in the workplace is needed to maintain talent. Many of us are working both in the office and at home but it might take a toll on our motivation.

At one point, we could "shut it down" when we left the office for the day. Now, the office is in our bedroom, kitchen, or living room. Non-traditional hours including evenings and weekends can decrease our team members' productivity and happiness. Inc. describes this scenario and offers a solution of shifting the mindset in order to set boundaries. Read the full article here!

4. Coming Back Like a Boomerang

We mentioned boomerang employees in the last edition of The Connector, but there is still more to share! CNN shares three reasons why boomerang workers decided to return to their former employers.

After settling in at their new employer, they realized they missed interacting with people, it was not the right timing and continued pursuit of career growth. At The O'Connor Group, we preach keeping your team members happy and staying true to your company culture. You might not be able to save an employee from leaving at the time, but their experience may bring them back. Read more here!

5. Can't Offer Remote Work?

Many companies cannot offer remote work to their employees due to their industry. As an employer, how do you make your company look attractive in the remote world we are in?

HRMorning shares several ideas on how to make your organization look attractive, and it's all about additional perks! Be flexible by offering a work-life balance, bring your pet to work, and who doesn't love free food? Read the full article here!

6. Content Sharing

Content sharing is one of our specialties. That is why we created our TOC Hire Design Blog. Each month our Human Resources and Talent Acquisition team members deliver this valuable resource to keep you in the know of the latest topics impacting the people part of your business.

In our latest blog, Staying Competitive in a Changing Salary Market, we share the ways you can see if you are paying your employees enough. The full article will give you everything you need to know!

7. Let's Go Local...

Summer is right around the corner! We are already thinking about Memorial Day plans and so is VisitPhilly! They share tons of events that will take place in the area over Memorial Day weekend!

Are you looking for a sweet treat to gift this season? Check out Dr. Brownies' variety of brownie boxes. Trust us, you don't want to miss out!

Are you in need of a floral arrangement? Check out The Daisy Shop of Devereux in Devon, PA. The Daisy Shop provides employment opportunities for adults with disabilities and delivers beautiful and unique floral designs.

Wellness Wednesday...

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. One in five American adults experienced a mental health issue. We are sharing a great resource on living mentally healthy, recovery and support, and tools for mental health. It is so important to check in on each other!