In the United States, the first Monday of September is known as Labor Day. It is a bank holiday and may be recognized as an off day for many other businesses too. Whether or not your office takes Labor Day off, it is a very good time to recognize those workers who keep things running on a day-to-day basis. Why not dedicate the day to your corporate support workers?
What is Corporate Support Anyway?
In general, corporate support positions are those employees who keep your business running, often behind the scenes. They can include administrative assistants, customer service staff, data entry clerks, receptionists, and executive assistants--as well as members of the HR staff. You’ll find that these employees are dedicated to keeping the office, and business, running smoothly. In many cases, these employees may also serve as your connection to customers and vendors, as they have the opportunity to work with others face-to-face or by phone.
A Few Ideas to Honor Your Staff on Labor Day
If you’ve decided to recognize your corporate support (and possibly other staff) on Labor Day, how can you do so? We’ve gathered a few ideas to help inspire you to do something awesome for these important members of your staff.
Host a Potluck - Why not spring for the main dish (such as fried chicken, barbecue or have a salad bar catered) and encourage your staff to bring a special dish to share. Extend lunch hour and enjoy the time getting to know one another.
Go on a Coffee Run - Take orders and bring your staff their favorite drinks from the local coffee shop. This small effort will make your employees feel special.
Give Out Personal Notes - This isn’t the time for a form letter! Give each member of the staff a personal note to let them know why you appreciate them. Writing notes is a nearly-free effort that will improve morale.
Start a Team Project - Whether it is working with a local charity, redecorating the office or hosting a party, a team project brings people together and can be a lot of fun--if you focus on enjoying the journey, not just the goal.
Take the Day Off - If you're not taking Labor Day off, why not? Look carefully at your business goals and see if maybe this could be a holiday for the office--if not this year, maybe next?
Support the Support Staff Year Round
While celebrating your support staff on Labor Day is certainly nice, more important is to give these staff members the support they need all year round. Make sure you have enough staff for the work that needs to be done, so no one feels overworked and underappreciated. Take some time to review your benefits package to make sure it is up-to-date with today’s expectations. And most importantly, don’t ever let your staff feel like they are expendable. Happy support staff will be more productive and more likely to stick with your company--saving you money on hiring and training, plus benefiting the team members you add later with their knowledge and insight.
Taking just a few simple steps can make these vital employees feel even better about their jobs and the company for whom they've chosen to work. Once you recognize the importance of support staff, you may realize you need to add additional staff to those roles. If you are thinking about doing this, reach out to us at ICS. We’ll help you find the right people, at the right time, to help your business thrive.