The #ConnectorsWhoCare Thrive Guide - Eleventh Edition
Posted by The O'Connor Group on August 25, 2020
We are starting to wind down the summer and we have a month before Fall starts! We only have four more months until the end of the year. Many of us are saying "YES! 2021 can’t come soon enough." We also think it’s time to put some plans in place for what YOU would like to change over the next few months!
One of our areas of change is this weekly newsletter. We really enjoy putting it together for all of you, but we are going to change it to a biweekly publication! This will be our last weekly edition and our next version will be coming out on Wednesday (new day too!) September 9th! We are also changing the name and logo. Stay tuned, but we are so excited to share it with all of you!
Don't forget to do something for yourself this week...whether it's a long walk, starting a book, or simply listening to some calming music, like this! Enjoy!
Join us for Talent Talks!
Calling all talent leaders! Are you ready to connect with others to discuss COVID-19's impact on the hiring goals at your organization? You are in luck! Join us for Talent Talks, a virtual series, that enables strategic, professional talent leaders to share new struggles and solutions as our world is transformed.
Next Meeting Date: Thursday, September 17th at 8:30 AM ET
Topic of Focus: Diversity Hiring - Trends and newest ideas to share!
Register here and receive links for all bi-monthly meetings
Tip #1: Resources for Working Parents
As schools are beginning to go virtual or provide hybrid options, employers are beginning to worry about how their teams will home-school and produce quality work. Each week we will be providing resources to help YOU help THEM get through this. We are all in this together!
- The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has parenting information including common parenting challenges through interactive activities and links to real-time stories on YouTube and Flickr. We love these resources!
- The youngest students, from ages 4-9, need more supervision throughout the day and help with the technology that enables learning. They are developmentally different from their older peers in ways that significantly impact how they best learn. Distance-learning practices must reflect that reality! Read more from the LA Times about how to improve distance learning for young students.
- Business owners...this one's for you! No matter the size of your organization, there are plenty of ways to show your working parent employees how much you feel for them. Bank of America is implementing a host of childcare support initiatives including daily childcare reimbursements, priority access to learning hubs, and after-school programs for school-aged kids. Pinterest, who completely remodeled their benefits during the pandemic, rolled out a four-week paid leave in addition to their PTO.
- We rolled out "Family Fun Days", offering all full-time employees one extra day per quarter (in addition to PTO) to spend with family. We also opened the flexibility even wider, giving full-timers the ability to finish their work in four days, instead of five. It is all about TRUST and COMMUNICATION!
Tip #2: Fun Day=Amazing Cause!
On Tuesday, September 8, Our friends at Bringing Hope Home are hosting their 16th Annual Divine 9 Open Golf Outing. This is an incredible opportunity to play at the Philadelphia Cricket Club all while providing much-needed emotional and financial support to local families battling cancer during this incredibly difficult time. Golf foursomes and sponsorships are still available! Let's do this Hope Nation! Register here!
Tip #3: Wellness Tip - Build a Wellness Committee!
We can't think of a better time to promote workplace wellness! Unsure of where to begin? Create a Wellness Committee! This will give employees a sense of ownership and the programming will be designed to meet their goals. We are loving this article from WellSteps with detailed takeaways on building a wellness program from the ground up!
Tip #4: September = National Suicide Prevention Month
We can all help prevent suicide. Every year, the Lifeline and other mental health organizations and individuals across the U.S. and around the world raise awareness of suicide prevention during September. The Lifeline provides an amazing amount of resources during this extremely difficult time of uncertainty with the COVID-19 Pandemic and community unrest. These pages are updated regularly with new information. It's so important to educate yourself so that you can help yourself and others!
Tip #5: Let's Have Some Fun!
We think we can all agree that we miss socialization! There are SO many fun things to do even during this modified Green Phase. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try something new. Check out some of the following when you are ready to get out of the house:
- Jurassic Quest is stopping at the Wells Fargo Center September 4th-13th to share it's first-ever Jurassic Drive-Thru experience! The interactive drive-through features over 70 life-like dinosaurs along with a baby dinosaur exhibit. They are even following social distancing guidelines by keeping visitors in their vehicles. The kids will go crazy over this! Read more and purchase your tickets here!
- What's better than hanging on the water on a sunny summer day? Well, you're in luck! Marsh Creek Water Sports is now open for rentals. At Marsh Creek Lake, located in Downington, PA, you can rent boats, paddleboards, kayaks, canoes, sailboats, and more! You can even sign up for paddleboard fitness classes. There is plenty of open space if you'd rather just relax. Learn more here!
- Female-owned Philadelphia ice creamery Milk Jawn is hosting an ice cream-tasting at the Bok Bar on Sunday, September 6, from 2 to 3 PM ET. Guests will learn about the basics of ice cream-making, sample flavors, and finish up with a whole cup of their favorite flavor!
Join us for Ask HR Office Hours!
Our Zoom line is open and we are here to help answer all of your HR questions next Thursday, September 3rd from 3-4 PM EST. Jump on for the entire hour to hear the latest in the HR world, or join at any point to have your question answered. We hope you can make it! Register here!
Did you know...
...that Forbes published a great article in August about 13 Human Resources Trends in H2 2020 and we thought it was very interesting to share! Do you agree or disagree?
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