Independence Day is celebrated July 4th and this means getting together for barbecues and fireworks. Independence Day brings about a sense of pride and independence. As we approach the 4th and think about what we are doing to celebrate, companies that deal internationally are faced with a disruption in their scheduling that poses a productivity and motivational challenge. Mark Adams said that “it is common practice to give time off for the holiday even if it is not required, so forcing employees to work may have negative consequences for employee satisfaction."
While global companies may suffer, many grocery retailers benefit because of the number of barbeques and gatherings leading up to the holiday. Karen L. Cates, lecturer of management and organizations at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, believes there are important ways to maintain productivity even when many employees are mentally or physically checked out. She suggested making use of the employees who are still at the office, holding meetings while business is slow or testing new strategic plans: The Washington Times
During this holiday, remember employees and ask for feedback about what is important to them. If you are required to work, celebrate in your own way by bringing your own sense of pride into the office.