The Connector: Edition Seven

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Welcome Back!

It truly feels strange saying "Happy December", but here we are! As the temperature drops and the holidays approach, it is so important to reach out to your loved ones during this challenging time. Whether they are cooped up alone, taking care of sick family members, or maybe have their hands full juggling work and homeschooling, this is your friendly reminder to pick up the phone and say hello! It will go a long way!

We hope you enjoy our Connector as much as we do this week!

1. Rapid Covid-19 Testing

Looking for a quick appointment and even quicker results? You can now get tested for Covid-19 without a prescription and receive results in 15 minutes! 15toKnow was founded to give you fast, reliable, and affordable peace of mind to know that you are Covid-19 free. They use highly reliable technology with tests authorized by the FDA under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA).

2. A Customized Bar = The Perfect Holiday Gift!

Looking for a great holiday gift for a sports fanatic? Check out I Bought The Bar which creates bars, wine carts, or tables that have sports logo themes. These beautiful designs can be customized to add a name, lights, or extra shelving! Order today to get 15% off your order and guaranteed delivery before Christmas! Your sports fan will love this thoughtful gift!

3. Give Back This Holiday Season

Thanks to our friend Ken Lane, we were able to find out about this amazing website that provides endless opportunities to give back. If you are looking to volunteer this holiday season and beyond, you can simply put in your location, and it gives you different organizations in your area where you can donate your time! This is great around the Holiday season to see which organizations need your help! You can truly make a difference!

4. Make Christmas Magical This Year

During these challenging times, it could be easy to forget about the excitement of Christmas for children. In this article, it reminds you of some fun tricks to make the Holiday season feel magical, with some small actions that make big memories! Making fake snow, driving around town to see the lights, or reading stories by the fire can all be great memories for your family this Holiday season. Check out this website for 45 ways to make Christmas special!

5. Onboarding Employees During the Pandemic

It can be hard to add a personal aspect during Covid-19 while onboarding new employees. This article recommends you stick to your roots as much as possible. If you typically take the individual to lunch, DoorDash an order to them and eat together over zoom! Make them feel welcome by sending them some company "swag" or giving them a virtual tour of the office. This will allow them to be comfortable with the space when it is time to head back to the office. Adapting to a new way of onboarding can be difficult, but it is important to not forget to be personal and inviting. Contact us today for innovative onboarding ideas! Read the full article here!

6. Can You Require Employees to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine?

With the vaccine becoming more widely available, it becomes the question, can you require your employees to get the Covid-19 vaccine? "Employers may require vaccines before employees return to the worksite if the failure to be vaccinated constitutes a direct threat to other employees in the workplace because the virus is rampant and easily transmitted in the workplace," said Robin Samuel (SHRM website). However, there are exceptions such as individuals with disabilities, or religious beliefs. Read more about the precautions that employers must follow regarding the vaccine here!

7. Let's Go Local!

There is nothing we love more than supporting small businesses. Check out some of our favorites right now! Here are some outdoor options to do with the whole family this season!

Shady Brook Farm has an amazing light show every year! Grab your tickets, hop in your car, and drive through this beautiful show that will be fun for the whole family!

Our friends at 12th Street Catering have a Holiday Menu that you really don't want to miss! The menu is available from December 7th-December 24th. Place your order by calling 215-386-8595 or via email at Enjoy!

Heading down the shore? Check out Historic Smithville where there are shops and events that will leave you in great spirits. On December 10th their event is "Girls Night Out", so grab your closest friends and enjoy some great wine, cheese, and shopping!

Rose Tree Park's Annual Festival of Lights just opened and it is stunning! Delaware County’s annual Festival of Lights began over four decades ago as part of the nation’s Bicentennial celebration and became a popular local tradition for residents of all ages.

One of the greatest holiday memories for all is driving around the neighborhood looking at amazing light displays. Well, this Philly-area Dad built an app to save parents the endless struggle of finding the best houses. Check out the article and the new app ChristmasPrism here!

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We Need Your Help!

Join Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA) Women in Healthcare Giveback group to provide "Kits for Kids" to low resourced countries to ensure that families have the medical supplies to take care of everyday needs. To donate, click here! Join their LinkedIn group to learn more information!