In 1775, the first shots at Lexington and Concord were fired, marking the beginnings of the American Revolution. We've become accustomed to celebrating the birth of our nation with backyard barbecues, fireworks, and outdoor fun...but this year, it happens to be on a Tuesday.
Many people take the week of the 4th off, and especially, if like this year, it falls mid-week. But, not everyone is able to do so. If you're looking to offer those employees who will actually be working on the 3rd, 5th, 6th and 7th a few special perks for holding down the office, we have a few great ideas to share!
Monday early dismissal. Because Monday is the day that really breaks up a nice long weekend, consider closing the office early so that your employees can still make it to the 3rd of July festivities and reserve their front-row spots for the fireworks.
Ice cream social. Coordinate for someone to run to the store to either buy ingredients to make ice cream sundaes, or an assortment of ice cream bars, sandwiches and popcicles (the red, white and blue firecracker popsicles are quite appropriate this time of year!).
Casual week. Depending on your company culture, you can allow/encourage casual attire for the week (e.g. jeans, Hawaiian shirts, and if you're really feeling generous, flip flips).
Catered lunch. Offer your skeleton crew a nice lunch on Wednesday to help them ease back into the rest of the work week after a brief holiday interruption. It doesn't have to be fancy, or expensive—pizza, sandwiches, a fajita bar, or even renting a hot dog machine will go a long way on the appreciation scale!
Regardless of how the week is spent, we wish you and your employees a very happy and safe holiday!