The Ultimate COVID-19 #ConnectorsWhoCare Survival Kit - Seventh Edition

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Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Look at all the good news so far this month! The States are starting to open up…golfers are back in action, the parks are re-opening and businesses are starting to reengage with customers. Let’s keep the positive momentum going!

Also, this Sunday is Mother’s Day. Do not forget to celebrate your mom or special woman in your life…especially this year! Family is more important than ever before – so a very special Happy Mother’s Day to all the mom’s out there!

Tip #1: Shop Local!

Are you tired of the extra cooking you have had to do in the past few weeks? Check out Jack Francis Catering! They have family size meals for pickup or delivery. They have a rotating menu each week with multiple options to choose from and will be offering these meals on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays with delivery or pickup between 12 PM and 4 PM. Please place your order by 3 PM the day before.

Check out this great article from PhillyBite Magazine that lists the Philadelphia area’s restaurants open for delivery and to-go during the pandemic. Now is a great time to find a new favorite restaurant that you can look forward to visiting in person!

Mother’s Day is this Sunday! Bring brunch to mom this Mother's Day. Founding Farmers is BACK with it’s FAMOUS BRUNCH! Their Weekend Brunch To Go menu was made to recreate the decadent experience of their famous buffet brunch at home. Their menu is great for one meal for a #stayhome family of 4-6 or several weekend meals for 2-3.

Wegmans just made shopping even easier! Download their new shopping app, where you can SCAN your items and not touch your wallet!

Tip #2: Strategic Planning for a Successful Comeback Webinar

Are you preparing for your business to reopen and regain customers? Do you have a strategic plan for turning the current downturn into a business opportunity? We are teaming up with other amazing leaders that are experts in Marketing, Strategy, Legal and Accounting for a free webinar on Wednesday May 6, 2020 at 2:00 PM ET. If you can't attend live, register and receive a link to the recording. Register here!

Check out these other helpful resources that aim to help business owners reopen their workplace efficiently:

Reopening PA COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan

Assess, Reset, Restart by Watchdog

Return to Workplace Considerations by Willis Towers Watson

Returning to the Workplace: Post Pandemic Considerations

Tip #3: Agencies Extend Deadline to Pay COBRA Premiums, Extend Certain Other ERISA and Internal Revenue Code Deadlines Due to COVID-19

In order to ease this burden of the struggle to meet deadlines on employers, plans and participants, on April 28, 2020, the Department of Labor (DOL), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued much needed guidance and relief. Read more here from our friends at Corporate Benefits Alliance.

Tip #4: Employee Temperature Check Best Practices

Now that Employers are able to take employees’ temperatures, it’s important to establish best practices. Check out this article from SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) that outlines who should take temperatures, how to ask the right questions, what is considered protective clothing, privacy issues and other guidance. This is uncharted territory for all employers, so plan to get it right from the start!

Tip #5: Mental Health During Quarantine

Your employee’s mental health is always important but needs extra attention during a national crisis. Our friends from OneDigital have put together a compressive toolkit that is packed with amazing information to take care of your team.

Tip #6: Friends of the Firm

Communication is the key to compete in the new COVID-19 economy. Buchanan Public Relations is helping companies with a range of critical communications during this pandemic – internal communications to employees, external communications to clients and other stakeholders, and media coverage during these challenging times. Contact firm president Anne Buchanan or 610.228.0155 to learn more.

Our friends at Delegate Solutions are looking to use their team’s administrative skill set to help a social impact company that is creating solutions to address the global COVID-19 pandemic. Their Virtual Support Scholarship Program will help provide the execution to the best ideas and initiatives that will bring about change. Applications will be accepted until May 31, 2020!

Tip #7: Utilizing Telemedicine

NOW is the time to check in on your employees to ask how they are doing. We are finding out that many people who have been living by themselves for the past month have had a tough time. Many do not know how to use Telemedicine. If your company offers benefits, more than likely telemedicine is included. Please reach out to your Benefit Broker to get those instructions AND make sure your employees know how to use it! Also, since many of you use Blue Cross, we found an animated video that makes the process simple. Keep in mind it might be a bit different for each carrier – but at least you get the idea!

Tip #8: Safety First!

Protective Shield Products – Our friends at POV Sports Marketing have been using AMI Graphics. They are national and are working with several brands to provide branch/store protective shield products.

Our friends at PPS Print Solutions has a protective face and gloves pack – something we are ordering for our team members for when they return to the office!

Our own team members are crocheting Ear Mask Savers and WE NEED Quarter sized buttons. So, if you have some please send us an email. Thank you!

Our friends at ThePureBag leveraged their antimicrobial platform to develop a washable/reusable face mask made with three layers or silver-ion technology fabric! Learn more here!

Tip #9: The Impact COVID-19 is Having on Commercial Tenants

Tactix Real Estate Advisors have written 3 informative blogs on the impact COVID-19 is having on commercial tenants. Drawing on their experience in successfully guiding tenants through the 2008 economic crisis and their legal backgrounds, Tactix brokers are speaking with area businesses about what options they have and sharing best strategies for their situation.

Check out their blogs here:

The Best Approach for Negotiating

Office of Cards Awaiting with Tenant Build Out Projects

The Looming Landlord/Tenant Divide

Tip #10: Parenting Tips

The work from home order is especially challenging from parents with children of all ages. Flexibility is our friend right now, and we hope other business leaders will help their employees during this new time. Our friend Kim Adams put published a LinkedIn article to get leaders to prepare for staff being unable to return to the workplace due to childcare challenges. She also wrote an article on how to work from home with an infant.

Yale experts share strategies for managing home life in a time of social distancing and self-quarantine. Also, check out The Strategist which shares it’s Shelter in Place Survival Kit for Parents!

All it takes are a few lessons from global cultures that raise remarkably cooperative and generous kids. The New York Times put out this awesome article on how to Turn Your Demanding Child Into a Productive Co-Worker.

And one more easy read…work from home hacks from female leaders!

Did you Know...

...that gardening is great for mental health? Research shows that it can help overcome anxiety and lift low moods. Check out these surprising gardening facts in case you started (or want to start) a garden this year!

Ask HR Office Hours

Join us every Thursday afternoon for Ask HR Office Hours! Our experts will be hosting a live Q&A. We are excited to have Tina Reger join us again to help answer all of your burning questions!

Use our Zoom Link to register!

Next session: Thursday, May 7 from 3-4 PM EST

Good Vibes Only!

We are staying positive and we want to hear from you! Show us how us how you, your family, and your team are staying positive - a smile, a laugh, a blunder, a celebration, a joke, a moment of good news – capture it, and send it to us! We will be compiling and sharing in our upcoming #ConnectorsWhoCare 'Good Vibes Only' Video. You can send your videos to Barb Rader.

Onward and Upward!

Your TOCGRP Team