The Connector: Edition 52

The Connector Newsletter

Cheers to 15 Years!

A note from our CEO & Founder, Marcia O'Connor

Sometimes I have to pinch myself when I look at where we started 15 years ago to launch The O'Connor Group.

I started out with a laptop, my cell phone, a very small office in my basement, and an old whiteboard. I had no clients that day and today we are grateful to bill over 130 clients a month. I didn't hire my first full-time employee until three years later and I am proud to say she is still with me today! We now humbly have 77 employees across the country. I didn't have an office for at least 5 years (okay, it might have been that Corner Bakery) but today we have a true office in King of Prussia and at the end of this year we will have offices in four states.

There have been great years, and very tough years but during each year, we continue to learn, grow, and prioritize our four core values - Collaboration, Execution, Curiosity, and Integrity (yes, we took those words and now have a purple squirrel mascot named CeCi - who takes more vacations than I do).

We live by our mottos - do the right thing and family first.

We are so grateful to win Inc. 5000, Philadelphia 100, Soaring 76, Best Places to Work, Healthiest Employers, Best Remote Employers, and many others.

BUT...it really ALL comes down to the PEOPLE that you surround yourself with and we truly have the BEST! We have tons of fun but we also work VERY hard.

Lastly, you need GRIT - failure was NEVER an option and you always have to keep your head up - even though we certainly had the days where that was very hard to do.

Thank YOU for being a part of this TOC family in one way or another over the past 15 years. Here's to not only the past 15 but the next 15 years. We are forever thankful to have YOU in our life! Happy 15 to TOC!!


1. Employee Engagement Through HR's Eyes

For some organizations, employee engagement has declined since the start of the pandemic. For others, employee engagement is a priority. What is the best way to keep your remote, hybrid, and on-site employees engaged?

HR Morning shares five ideas that HR professionals and leadership teams can do to improve culture and revitalize engagement for their organizations. Click here to read the full article.

2. How HR is Changing in 2022

Midway through Q3 we reflect on the changes HR has made in order to manage their workforce. How is your organization matching up to the 10 ways HR experts expect human resources departments to adapt and adjust in 2022?

Business News Daily shares the areas HR professionals should be focusing on including DEI, technology, automated HR processes, in-office and remote policies, employee well-being, and more! Click here to read the full article.

3. DE&I Initiatives Leadership Panel

Join our CEO & Founder, Marcia O'Connor and DE&I leaders Peter Leahy and Joseph Lingle on Tuesday, September 20 8:30 - 10:00 AM EST for a discussion on the changing landscape of workplace culture at Tell Me About Your DE&I Initiatives.

They will explain the strategies they are undertaking to improve DE&I efforts within their organization. Don't miss the opportunity to hear from thought leaders about the lessons they have learned during their professional experiences, and bring questions on how you can improve your organization's DE&I efforts. Register here!

4. TOC September Signature Events

Are you ready to connect this fall? WE ARE!

Over the summer, we took the opportunity to refresh our signature event programming to bring you the quality and structure that TOC stands by! We are excited to announce we are now an HRCI Approved Provider and an SHRM Recertification Provider! Be on the lookout for our panels and presentations that will be eligible for credits!

Introducing YP Connects (Young Professionals Connects)

Thursday, September 8 🔷 12:00 - 12:30 PM EST

YP Connects is a NEW program for young professionals who want to build their network and develop along the way. Led by our Talent Acquisition team members who will discuss topics relating to resume formatting, interview tips, what to look for in applications, and more! Register for YP Connects Here!

TOC HR Office Hours (Ask HR Office Hours)

Thursday, September 22 🔷 3:00 - 4:00 PM EST

Join our HR Experts and Sales & Marketing Team for a FREE hour of HR consulting on trending topics that are heavily impacting our organizations. Weigh in to provide your feedback and an industry leader!

Register for TOC HR Office Hours Here!

5. Thought Leadership- The Latest Trends!

Each month our Human Resources and Talent Acquisition team members deliver this valuable resource to keep you in the know of the latest topics and trends impacting the people part of your business.

In our latest Hire Design Blog, "Back to School and Q4 HR Calendar," HR Advisor Team Lead, Lindsay Evans, SPHR shares how to prepare for the Q4 HR calendar. She will dive into the strategies to help you stay sane as you prepare your compensation benchmarking, merit increases and bonus determinations, compensation and Total Rewards Statements, and more!

Check out the full article here!

6. Let's Go Local...

Sharing a great opportunity to support our friends at Bringing Hope Home through their 18th Annual Devine 9 Open Golf Outing. Come out and hit the links with TOC on Tuesday, September 6 at the Philadelphia Cricket Club.

Do you love seeing the changing of the leaves and taking long walks? We do too! Did you know how healthy it is to walk amongst the trees? Well, not only do we have a great guide for you but we wanted to share with you the health benefits of trees! BestLife shares 10 Secret Places in the U.S. to See Fall Foliage!

Speaking of engaging your employees...check out Saute and Soirée! Whether you choose a virtual or in-person event, Allison Farcus will collaborate with you to create a custom menu incorporating preferences and new ideas. Allison’s creative, crowd-pleasing menus are largely based on familiar food concepts and an approachable style of cooking. We plan on utilizing Allison's talents this fall and we are so excited!

Wellness Wednesday...

How many hours of sleep should you be getting? Today shares why your sleep pattern is vital to your heart and brain health and an interesting sleep hack that is going viral.