1st May : Labour Day | A Revolution and Resolution
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What motivates human behavior?

What motivates us to work?

Abraham Maslow comprised a five-tier model of human needs explaining how certain requirements influence our actions.

He often displayed the lowest levels of the pyramid with the most basic needs, while the complex needs are placed at the top of the pyramid.

From the bottom of the pyramid, the needs are – physiological (food and shelter), safety (job and security), love and belonging needs (friendship), self-esteem, and self-actualization.

To fulfill the basic needs, we have got to work hard to afford the essentials. To celebrate the labor and their hard work, International Labor Day is commemorated on the first day of May every year.

On this day, we honor the attainments of the working class. It is heartbreaking to see how the working class struggles to keep their jobs and save their lives amidst the pandemic.

Commuting to the office and working with your colleagues without social distancing has had adverse effects on employees’ mental health. Above all, it is putting the employees’ families at risk.

It is the time when your employees need you to be empathetic and sensitive; there is no point in waiting for the PM to announce another lockdown.

We know the situation in our country, our government has failed us, and everyone is struggling for proper health care. In such a situation, we are sure you don’t need your employees to go through the worst.

What is Labor Day? Why is it important?

International Labor Day is celebrated on May 1st every year across the globe.

This day celebrates the struggle and hard work of the workers and ensures that they work for only 8 hours a day.

International Labor Day is marked with a holiday for the accomplishments of the tasks and hard work and dedication of the working class towards their work.

This day maintains and cultivates the working class to manage their tasks properly and make better improvements in their work.

The day originated from the labor union movement, specifically the eight-hour-per-day movement, which supports the eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest.

Labor Day is an essential point for demonstrations by several communists, socialists, and anarchist groups.

This day marks the appreciation of the workers’ efforts and makes everyone realize the true value of the working class.

How is Labor Day celebrated?

To celebrate the working class, people spread various messages and news to make everyone aware of the social activities of the labor.

On this day, everyone colors their flags and banners and even organizes events to make people aware of the hardships and conditions of the workforce in any country.

The people organize activities to target lots of goals to be achieved in daily life.

Everyone ensures that work is done accurately and quickly, and thus, there should be no stress given by the employers to achieve their goals.

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The Motive of Labor Day

International Labor Day is celebrated for two main reasons – 

  • Provides the workers with the right to work only for eight hours a day. It gives them eight hours for recreation and eight hours for rest. 
  • This day provides the workers with relief from the stress of work; they feel genuinely valued and appreciated for their hard work.

History of Labor Day

In the nineteenth century, at the peak of industrialization, several industrialists were exploiting the working class and made them work forcefully for up to 15 hours a day.

The labor finally rose against the exploitation and started demanding paid leaves, breaks for the workforce, and proper wages.

The eight-hour day labor movement demanded eight hours for work, eight hours for rest, and eight hours for recreation. The International Labor Day celebrates the achievements of these workers annually.

While this day has different origins in several countries, the primary reason for celebrating Labor Day is the unfair treatment of the labor class.

May 1st was chosen to be International Labor Day to commemorate the Haymarket affair in Chicago. In that year, on the same day, there was a general strike for the eight-hour workday.

On May 4th, the policemen acted to disperse a public assembly in support of the strike when an anonymous person threw a bomb. In response, the police fired at the workers. The event led to several deaths.

In India, the first International Labor Day was celebrated in the year 1923. It was the Labor Kisan Party that organized the Labor day celebrations in Madras (now Chennai).

The Theme for International Labor Day

Every year a distinct theme is associated with the celebration of International Labor Day. Last year, the theme for the year 2020 was “maintaining safety and security at the workplace due to the pandemic alert across the world.”

The main objective of celebrating International Labor Day is to promote awareness about the workers investing their time and toil in different available work options.

The government aimed to spread awareness, maintain safety measures, and follow different ways of how employees and workers can work safely.

Ideas to Celebrate International Labor Day

We have curated some ideas to celebrate international labor day from the comfort of your homes.

  • Watch a concert online. 

Get your team together and buy tickets to a concert by their favorite band/musician. Enjoy with your team and let the power of music connect you all together.

  • Learn about the history and significance of labor day

Call all your employees (virtually) and appreciate them for their hard work. Discuss the history of this day with them and talk about its significance. Make sure to give a shout-out to all of your employees and make them valued and respected.

  •  Organize your own virtual parade

Sure, because of the pandemic, you might not be able to go out and have fun; however, don’t let the pandemic be in your way of enjoying with your employees.

Take help from everyone and organize your own little virtual parade. It will give your employees a sense of belonging, and they will feel valued at your organization.

  • Explore a new museum 

Take a virtual tour of the museum that your employees are always talking about, and it may turn out to be one of the most memorable times of your life with the team.

  • Have an online party

Call all your employees together, make them switch on their videos, and let them be. It might not feel exactly like a party, but times like this call for alternatives like these.

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Conclusion

Work from home is the only alternative we have right now.

No if(s) and no but(s).

We had to work from home last year because of the nationwide lockdown, and we managed to survive. In fact, a lot of companies started in the year 2020 and are doing great.

Though, at times, you need your employees to be there at the office to keep your business up and running; however, no amount of profits and no success will ever be equal to a person’s life.

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Varnika Bajaj

Varnika Bajaj

Content Writer

Varnika is the one who collate the words to form a sentence. A sentence which can engage you, entertain you and some time educate you.

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