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You Won't Believe What This CEO Did To Reward His Employees

He's taking the company's core values of #DoingTheRightThing and #PeopleCount to heart.

From teens making picnic tables for squirrels, to state troopers doing magic tricks to cheer kids up who are stuck at home, the people who are pitching in to help others during the coronavirus crisis are proving that it doesn't matter how much money you have, how old you are, or what zip code you're from.

The one thing they have in common is their desire to make a difference — something we here at Sparkt try to do each and every day.

Connor Group founder and CEO Larry Connor recently jumped on the helper-bandwagon when he decided to divvy up his recent $1.6 million stock market gain and distribute it equally to his employees as a bonus.

c/o The Connor Group

Connor owns and runs his real estate investment firm in Dayton, OH. After he saw his return from some stock market investments, he knew what he had to do.

Connor said the employees at his company, who continued to work during the pandemic, deserved the money because they were "the ones who really moved into action" when the outbreak first began.

"In my view, during this crisis, we're all in this together and people need to help other people," Connor told Fox News.

Connor's employees were floored by the news. The Connor Group/Facebook

"Two of our key core values are, do the right thing and people count, so when I was fortunate enough to make $1.6 million in a matter of days, yeah, I was really happy about it, but it didn't feel exactly right," he continued.

The CEO surprised his staff of 400 with the news over a Zoom conference call. The firm later put out a video with the employees' reactions to the news, which ranged from shock to joy, and a few tears were even shed.

"To me, this is such a blessing," employee Brittany Newton said. "It really means the world to me."

Newton plans to use the money to help her family with their bills, and that a "weight has been lifted from her shoulders."

The Connor Group posted a video of their employees' reactions when they heard about the bonuses. The Connor Group/Facebook

Another employee, Pedro Ducos, said, "I'm just really blessed and excited to be receiving this." He added that this was on top of another bonus that employees will be getting from Connor.

"I hope I demonstrated my belief and appreciation," Connor said in the video.

The bonuses ranged from $2,000-$9,000 and were not given to those who earn higher salaries.

Connor's staff say they never feel like "just another employee" at the company. The Connor Group/Facebook

"Yeah, that sounds like Larry," one of his employees responded when he heard the news.

What an amazing thing to do for his staff! Hopefully, other CEOs will follow Connor's lead and reward their hard-working employees if they're able to.

How can you start something good?

Inspired by Connor's incredible act of kindness?

You might not be able to give millions, but you can pitch in however you can to help others during the crisis. You can make masks for people who need them, donate all or part of your stimulus check, or check in on your elderly neighbors to see if they need anything.

And don't forget to be kind! A smile and a friendly 'Hello!' can make all the difference to someone who is struggling.

Let's #StartSomethingGood together!

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