Celebrating workers during a global pandemic
By Martin Shaanika
Workers’ day is a celebration of labourers and the working classes that are promoted by the international labour movement. While it may belong to a tradition of spring festivals, the date was chosen in 1889 for political reasons.
As the world observers another year, it is imperative to remind ourselves serving in organizations, the importance of each employee.
By doing so, below are a few ways to acknowledge and appreciate the team that has persevered through a global pandemic which is still in our midst.
Stay in touch:
A simple thank you or work video call on the progress of a team member makes a world of a difference. Whether your team is fully remote or you have multiple locations, a virtual get-together helps bring everyone together. Unity and appreciation have never failed in any crisis and keeping up to date with many communication platforms each day may become overwhelming. Celebrate your team without causing screen fatigue or disrupting their work through brief check-ins and appreciation sessions.
Keep up to date with staff morale
According to Oxford University, happy workers are 13% more productive. Recent research into the mood of the UK has found that paid work is ranked near the bottom in terms of activities that make the population happy. As researched by Professor De Neve, there seems to be considerable room for improvement in the happiness of employees while they are at work and payment is not the main factor in an employee’s happiness.
Be relevant and understand
Amid an ongoing pandemic, more household demands have increased amongst employees and Covid-19 has taught us to appreciate life primarily. This goes hand in hand with understanding employees more than ever before to understand frustrations they may be going through while operating at their offices.
In conclusion, may we embrace our workers during the most difficult times and embrace our frontline workers that still risk their lives to serve the organization in which they operate.