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

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Thank you to everyone who has been reaching out to us to let us know how much you enjoy our weekly newsletter! We put a lot of heart and soul into it and if YOU have additional pieces you would like for us to share drop us a line here! We WILL get through this together!

We are staying positive and we want to hear from you! Show 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. Thanks for your help in spreading positivity!

Tip #1: Shop Local

  • Conshohocken Italian Bakery has adjusted their hours to continue to offer some of the most delicious bakery items that we have ever tasted! If you haven’t checked them out yet, you can order by phone (610-825-9334 or 610-825-9335) or click here to see their products. Rumor has it they have yeast! YUM!

  • Mueller Chocolate Company (Reading Terminal Market) One of the oldest chocolate candy companies in Philadelphia is offering freshly covered chocolate covered pretzels that you can order and ship! Who does not love eating chocolate covered pretzels!?

  • Is your business ready to reopen? Most states require that all employees always wear a mask. Our friends at Mobile Outfitters are now selling Face Masks and Clear Protective Face Shields! Order now so you are prepared. Click here or contact the team for high volume discounts.

  • Our Friends at Founding Farmers in King of Prussia are opening a Market and Grocery option starting this week! What a great idea to order more delicious food!

Tip #2: PPP Replenished!

Attention small business owners – Act fast! An additional $310B has been approved to replenish the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The SBA will resume accepting applications from participating lenders on Monday, April 27th at 10:30 AM ET.

Tip #3: Employers Can Screen for COVID-19 According to EEOC

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has updated The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) explaining that employers may screen employees for COVID-19. Check out this great Q&A about what you should know about COVID-19 and the ADA, The Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws.

Tip #4: Recovery Readiness Guide

With Governor Wolf’s Plan for Pennsylvania, many businesses are beginning to start planning how to return to the physical workplace. We are total fans of what Cushman and Wakefield has put together. Check out their Recovery Readiness: How-To Guide for Reopening Your Workplace.

Tip #5: Leadership Survey - Please Help!

The University of Pennsylvania and The Professional Development Group need your help! Through the Leadership & C-Suite Skills Survey, they are asking leaders, aspiring leaders, and teams all over the world to take the 10-minute survey here! The survey’s aim is to better understand on a large scale what leadership and C-suite skills are most critical for success now. Please complete the survey by May 17th!

Tip #6: Creative Ideas for Employee Engagement

  • Last week our team took an hour to create ideas and we called it INNOVATOR HOUR...guess what? We came up with 40 ideas to help our company and some might pivot us in a few new areas! So, now we are putting groups together to start working on them. Your team has great ideas – just ask them!
  • Show your team how much you care about them! Contact Founding Farmers for a Care Package – reach out to Marie Martin to order one today!
  • Daily huddles – yes, they work. Have your teammates pick a date where they run the 15-minute meeting. We have been doing them for two weeks and the ideas my team have been creating have been amazing and FUN!

Tip #7: Mail-in and Absentee Voting in PA

Governor Wolf recently signed Act 77 which allows voters in PA to vote by a no-excuse mail-in ballot. You must complete an application for a mail-in ballot. The easiest way to do this is to go to and complete the application online. In order to complete the online application, you must have a valid PA driver’s license or a PennDOT ID. If you have neither, you can print a paper application from the same website, fill it in and mail it to your election official. Your application must be received by May 26, 2020. The primary election will be held on June 2, 2020.

We are facing an unprecedented time with the COVID-19 pandemic. Polling places may be consolidated, and lines may be long. If we look to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 108 polling locations were consolidated into 5. The primary election will be a test run for the general election in November and it is very important that everyone gets out to vote!

Tip #8: SpeakUp! Parent Chats

SpeakUp! is hosting a series of Parent Coffees (morning) & Parent Discussions (evening) to help parents get their children through this difficult time. These gatherings are designed to dive deeper into topics where more guidance and support is needed and requested by our adult participants. Click here to register!

Tip #9: GREAT Upcoming Webinars

May 5th at 10 AM EST - Covid-19: Impact on Paid Leave and 2020 Election. Join us and our friends at Birch Benefits for a webinar presented by Sun Life Financial's James Slotnick, who will discuss how Covid-19 has changed the dynamics of both the 2020 election and Congress' overall legislative priorities and the impact it could have on the employee benefits industry. Register here!

May 5th - Getting Back to Work - Things to Think About. We are teaming up with successful business leaders to dive into what companies need to start thinking about before reopening their physical workplaces. More information to come!

May 7th at 2 PM EST - Deep Dive into Employee Benefits, Workplace Policies, and Employment Issues Resulting from COVID-19. During this session, we'll address how the legislative bills put in place impact company workers, benefit plans, workplace policies and small business operations. Link to register coming soon!

May 20th at 12 PM EST - HBA's Ideas and Inspiration from Great Women for Trying Times by best selling author Robin Gerber. Registration is open to HBA members and nonmembers. Register here!

Various Times - Challenger, Gray & Christmas - Family Member Job Search Help. This webinar is available to your loved ones as a resource for navigating the job market during this crisis. It provides a rare insider’s guide to job searching that is usually unavailable to the public. A professional Job Search Coach will lead a 90-minute session addressing the most critical aspects of a successful candidacy. Register here!

Tip #10: FREEBIES!

We love freebies – so we wanted to share a few with you!

  • Open Culture is offering 1,000 free audible books.
  • Scholastic – Creates free, open-access digital hub to help keep students learning.
  • Core Power Yoga – Offering free classes! Take time for you!
  • Baseball – Well sort of, PBS is offering free access to some great history about America’s pastime favorite!
  • What to do next? Well…there is plenty! Just click on the link to help you decide among 50 ideas!
  • These 12 Famous Museums are offering virtual tours you can take on your couch - Click here!

Did you Know?

The O'Connor Group's unique Talent Acquisition model consistently saves companies 40-60% of their recruiting costs. Additionally, our HR Consultants are experts in filling in the gaps during difficult times like what we are facing today.

Ask HR Office Hours

Join us every Thursday afternoon for Ask HR Office Hours! Our experts will be hosting a live Q&A for all of your unanswered HR questions.

Use our Zoom Link to register!

Next session: Thursday, April 30 from 3-4 PM EST

Thank You Has Never Been So Sweet!

Whether they're medical front-line staff, delivery drivers or cashiers, the brave essential workers still on the job are keeping us going. So, give a little something to keep them going: a free Snickers bar! Click here to send your hero their free gift today!

Stay healthy and stay positive!

Your TOCGRP Team