When creating any kind of program for employees it is important to remember that different employees have different needs, likes and dislikes. This is a quick episode which looks at stores that open on Thanksgiving and uses this as an example of recognizing that employees have different needs.
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Hi and welcome to The HR Fix podcast. I'm Ann Lustig and today we're going to talk about when it comes to employees, there is no one size fits all solution. Yesterday here in the U S, most people celebrated Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving for me has always been my favorite holiday. First, growing up it was the one holiday that everybody I knew celebrated and I also love the food. So I love Thanksgiving, but I also love Thanksgiving because I li ke t he idea behind Thanksgiving. Some people I know have a problem with the origin of Thanksgiving and that aside, the idea that we take a whole day to be grateful, we take a whole day to be thankful, we take a whole day to focus on ourselves and our families is a beautiful idea and I really love Thanksgiving because of what it actually means. And as we know here in the U S, th e day a fter Thanksgiving is what we call black Friday. And that is the or that has historically been the biggest shopping day of the year because that is when everybody begins their Christmas and holiday shopping and stores take advantage of that by having incredible sales. So today's the day that so many people go out to shop. This has changed over the last few years because now we have what's called cyber Monday where I think just as much shopping's done, but now it's online.:
Anyway, I was having a conversation with my daughter earlier in the week and she was telling me that she really doesn't like the fact that there are a number of stores now that opened their black Friday sales starting on Thursday. And that means that a lot of people have to come into work and that was really bothering her cause she also thinks Thanksgiving's a really important holiday that people should spend with their families. But here's what I told her and it's a really good lesson when it comes to the work world as well.Speaker 1:
There is no one size fits all solution. Giving people the opportunity to work on Thanksgiving can actually be a good thing if it's done in the right way. Sure there are going to be stores that are going to force people to work and I think that's terrible, but for the people that have no family, have no place to go, have nothing to do for Thanksgiving, having the opportunity to work and to stay busy is really a good thing and we should really all be thankful to those people because by them working they are really allowing other people that work at those stores to be with their families. And I just want to recap again and say there's really no one size fits all solution for everybody and to always, please keep that in mind when we're creating programs that we think will be good for our employees. One last thing I just want to add on a personal note, I want to thank all those people that work to help the community every day and especially on Thanksgiving. The people that give up their holiday to help others. And those are the people that work in the ER rooms, the nurses, the doctors, the firefighters, the police, the military, the emergency workers, and everyone giving up their holiday in service of others. So thank you. So that's my quick message for today. If you're interested in learning more about this and other topics like this, please subscribe to this podcast. And if you want to contact me or ask a question or invite me to speak at your company or conference, you can reach me through my website, which is annlustig.com or send a message to me through LinkedIn. Thanks so much for listening and remember, focused on the future. Take action today.