Thanksgiving — The History behind this joyous yet anxiety ridden holiday -The Imperfect Org

This is a very important holiday to many people.  For some it is fun and enjoyable time as they gather together, possibly enjoy a game of football and eat until one’s heart is content.

For others who have lost loved ones, have to work (which sucks), endure chaotic family members, or even plan to do some early shopping for Christmas, it’s a cause of anxiety.  

Well in case you love to know the back story about everything, like myself, check out this cool brief synopsis of the holiday.  There are plenty of fun facts that just might surprise you…

 

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To “open or not to open”, that is the question crowding the minds of many businesses and employees plagued with the nightmare of Thanksgiving night and Black Friday. -The Imperfect Org

Whether it is about the bottom line or not, I believe there is something to be said about Mall of America and their courageous decision to not open on Thanksgiving.  Although retailers will have the option to open independently on their own, I love the fact that they have made this about their employees.

“The Bloomington megamall notified employees and tenants Wednesday morning that it is reversing course this year and will close down as many of its operations as possible on the holiday” (Kumar, 2016).  One of the main reasons, to give their employees the opportunity to spend time with their families.

I have often felt bad for employees who had to wake up and drag themselves into stores early on Black Friday (or by 12 am), but the growing trend of opening earlier on Thanksgiving in my eyes is becoming more and more about greed than allowing those employees who prefer to give thanks with family (or not) to decide if they really care to be bothered. Unnecessary stress and anxiety, all for the “almighty dollar”.  What’s your thoughts?  Am I reading too much into this?

Kumar, K. (6th October, 2016).  Star Tribune.  Mall of America takes bold stand by closing on Thanksgiving this year.

Happy Veterans Day from The Imperfect Org!

Happy Veteran’s Day everyone from the Imperfect Org! Since its official start in 1938 Veterans Day originally started as Armistice Day in 1919, but the US Government decided to recognize those who fought for this country’s freedoms on an annual basis. Precise ceremonies and parades are held on Veteran’s day the government posted more information here on their Department of Veterans Affairs here:

 

Even though the federal government as we know it is one of the most dysfunction organizations on the planet this is actually something it does right. In Organizational development we always say an organization should celebrate and recognize those who work for it and sacrificed time from their families for that organization. Here on a grander scale, our veterans have done the same and even more so having a day set aside to celebrate their courage, sacrifice and service from an Organizational Development standpoint is not only right but a clear positive model for what we should be doing on a daily basis in other organizations.

 

We are thankful for their sacrifices because of the freedoms it provides but I know like most of you besides honoring our veterans there is little else that we know about it. The history channel has a website for more details regarding the holiday with more videos and information about celebrations through its history.

 

We at The Imperfect Org wish all of our soldiers the best this Veteran’s Day and thank them for the service!

“How to partake in Halloween at work when Halloween really is not your thing…” -The Imperfect Org

Halloween is a very versatile day for many people, for many different reasons.  As a result there are various comfort levels and it’s difficult to know how to capture and celebrate the holiday without offending someone within the workplace.
With that said please take a look at a few harmless ideas that I believe can be incorporated into a corporate/team atmosphere if going all “spooky” is not your thing.
Painting PumpkinsI found this lovely pic on Pinterest. It can be fun, creative, and a safe way to honor everyone’s belief without going too far.
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Watch a Charlie Brown Halloween special as a groupI mean who doesn’t love Charlie Brown!
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Become a judge in the costume contest to avoid dressing up

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Bring Halloween candies or treats for your team
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Participate in team building games
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Plan a Potluck! (For those who are not germophobe’s : )
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Have a team lunch outing to see others dressed up on Halloween
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And if all of these suggestions do not appeal to you, and causes you to think that doing any of them will have you more involved in Halloween than you care to be…
Take a vacation day and stay home from work for a movie day or night
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Happy Yom Kippur! -The Imperfect Org!

To increase one’s individual and organizational understanding of different cultures we have in this blog posted a link to information regarding Yom Kippur. This is an important holiday in the Jewish religion and to employees in your organization of the Jewish faith may have observations and cultural mores that will need attending to!

Therefore to not only recognize these employees of the Jewish faith which in turn increases Organizational morale but also the knowledge of the other stakeholders in the organization to the practices of the coworkers. Not only for HR reasons, but also to make sure the individuals feel a part of the organization’s community at large.

Please check out this information on history.com about Yom Kippur!

http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/yom-kippur-history

More Chicago pictures for blog, public usage

The purpose of this collection is to add some original, non-copyrighted pictures for public use and on this blog. Since the members of The ImperfectOrg have taken these pictures, they have no copyright restrictions to them.

This is the second post.

These are some very simple taken pictures I took while walking around downtown Chicago. I would suggest using them for blog posts discussing corporations (large scale companies), urban centers, work/workers, the city of Chicago, etc., I have used Google Plus to host the collection. No citations need!

Click on the link:

https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/112293368280376645465/album/6467686133042534625?authkey=CPHJl8CTmaqsZw

Happy Rosh Hashanah -The Imperfect Org

To increase cultural awareness in the workplace it is great to have an understanding of various faiths, cultures, and holidays.  Here’s some information on the “Rosh Hashanah” holiday to understand how those employees of the Jewish faith celebrate their New year! Enjoy!

It’s Rosh Hashanah- Happy Jewish New Year!

History of Rosh Hashanah:
http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/rosh-hashanah-history/videos/history-of-rosh-hashanah