April Showers – It’s Raining Holidays
This month begins with April Fool’s Day on the 1st, perfectly setting the tone for a month of rather unusual holidays, as well as an annual date typically dreaded by most Americans: April 15th.
At Leddy Group, we think all official and unofficial holidays are worth celebrating (except, perhaps, for Tax Day), so we gathered together a look at ten dates to note this month:
1. International Fun at Work Day (April 1st). April Fool’s Day gets all the attention, but this holiday is an important one. After all, everyone wants to have fun at work! Rather than pranking coworkers, enjoy boss-approved fun, like bringing in donuts for the crew or watching cat videos together at lunch.
2. World Autism Awareness Day (April 2nd). Many children and adults live on the autism spectrum, and this day encourages autism awareness. WEN believes all people can work and strive for success in the workplace; with that in mind, we support Work Opportunities Unlimited, a community-based service provider specializing in placing job seekers who experience barriers to employment.
3. National Walk to Work Day (April 5th). If you live close enough to work, slip into your sneakers and walk to work on this day. If your commute is too long, select the spot in the parking lot farthest from the door and walk-across-the-parking-lot to work or park at a co-worker’s house (one who lives close to work) and walk to work together.
4. No Housework Day (April 7th). This might be our favorite holiday of the year. There are no dishes to wash, no laundry to handle, no floors to sweep. Okay, there are all those things, you just have our permission not to do any of them! (You’re welcome.)
5. Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day (April 12th). Everyone loves an ooey, gooey grilled cheese (even our vegan friends are thrilled with a nut-cheese sandwich grilled to melty perfection). In Concord, get a traditional grilled cheese at Red Arrow Diner; you can add tomato, bacon, or ham (or all three!).
6. National Stress Awareness Day (April 16th). Experiencing low-level stress at home and at work is a very normal part of life, but unusual amounts of stress can overwhelm and lead to serious issues or worsen existing problems. Inspired by this day, learn more about identifying signs of concern in yourself or others at the International Stress Management Association.
7. National High-Five Day (April 18th). The act of high-fiving someone is a rather contagious expression of good cheer. Get approval from your boss or superior and make this a high-five day at work!
8. Earth Day (April 22nd). Celebrated first in 1970, Earth Day is now a holiday in more than 193 countries. Looking for some ways to honor Earth Day? Commute or walk to work, use a reusable coffee mug and a reusable water bottle, and bring your own lunch in reusable containers; at home, turn off the lights when you leave a room, recycle and compost all you can, and eat more local produce, meats, and dairy (and enjoy at least one meatless meal a week).
9. Administrative Professionals Day (April 24th). If you’re fortunate enough to have an executive assistant, administrator, or secretary of your own or in your office or place of employment, recognize him or her today. Buy some flowers or chocolates or a gift card to his/her favorite store or restaurant. Or just write a heartfelt “Thank You” note.
10. National Pretzel Day (April 26th). Fresh out of the oven, or fresh out of a bag, we love pretzels pretty much any way we can get them – chewy or crunchy, with a sprinkling of salt or dunked in mustard. A favorite packaged pretzel is Port City Pretzels, and you can find them around Concord at Local Baskit, Marketplace New England, and Caring Gifts.
In April and every month, we never take a holiday from helping you find a new job. Get in touch with Wilson Employment Networks today.