Ramadan culminates in Eid al-Fitr. It is a great celebration for Muslims all over the world, where families gather, visit each other and give charity. Since Eid may represent an act of togetherness, many businesses in Southeast Asia host Eid celebrations in their offices to encourage cultural diversity and appreciate Muslim employees. Some also goes further in celebrating Eid Al-Fitr by giving their employees special benefits. If you are looking to follow the lead, here are some perks you can give to employees for the Eid Al-Fitr celebration.
Eid Across Countries
There is something interesting about the celebration: Eid Al-Fitr is traditionally celebrated differently depending on where you live. In Indonesia, for example, majority of Muslims celebrate Eid for two days, although the celebration might last longer. Differently, in the UK, Eid is only celebrated for a day and Muslims will usually take time off from work or school to extend their holiday. They also gather together, and children sometimes receive gifts from the elders. Meanwhile, Muslims in Malaysia celebrate Eid by visiting the graves of their loved ones. They pray to God to forgive the sins of the dead and those who are still alive. They will also clean and decorate the tomb as a form of appreciation and read the Quran.
Apart from the differences in how the holy day is celebrated in various countries, Eid al-Fitr generally symbolizes togetherness. As the Eid is approaching, you can show that you respect and care about your employees by celebrating it together with these simple perks.
Extra Time Off
One of the greatest ways to help employees embrace Eid is to create an inclusive and comprehensive paid time off policy (PTO). Ramadan and Eid fall on various dates each calendar year, and it is crucial for employees to know that they can take time off to celebrate it with their family. In a non-Muslim country especially, offices only provide a day for Eid holiday. Given how much Eid is expected with enthusiasm, your employees will appreciate it if they can have extended paid holiday. It can also have positive outcomes for your company as when employees are happy for their time off, their productivity and performance will surely increase when they come back to work.
Hampers and Bonus
Giving hampers to employees as a symbol of caring is also a great option you can adopt. Eid Al-Fitr is an amazing time for you, as a company, to present your employees some theme-appropriate corporate gifts like Eid Hampers in order to foster relationships and increase job satisfaction. Typically, hampers are filled with canned biscuits, tea, cookies, or cake, but hampers now come with more variations, like eating utensils, prayer mats, and fabric goods.
Another option to celebrate Eid in your office is by giving bonuses. Just like any other bonuses, money is given by employers to workers as an Eid allowance. This initiative enables employees to pay for everyday essentials throughout this festive season without suffering financial difficulties. It allows companies to positively influence productivity and engagement by alleviating employees of the burden of paying for their costs, allowing them to focus on their job. Additionally, this initiative encourages them in avoiding predatory loans, which result in high-interest payback rates that may swallow the majority of their annual bonus.
Offer employees to volunteer for zakat or feast
Muslims know that zakat is obligatory alms that should be given at the end of Ramadan. Zakat al-Fitr means to share 2.5 percent of one’s revenue or finance of each family member with a poor family or the homeless. Its purpose is to help those in need to feel blessed on the day of Eid along with the rest of the other Muslims.
More than just sharing, allowing your employees to be part of volunteering activities can also increase employee engagement and this can be your company’s best value. According to a survey, volunteerism affects employee well-being and health positively. It can also instill company value, help attract and retain employees, generate team building, as well as improve your company’s image.
Hold a feast in the office with the employee’s family
In Southeast Asia, Eid is identical to food and togetherness. Therefore, you can invite the employee’s family to have a feast celebration in your office. It can also be a good strategy to maintain a good relationship between the company and employees’ families. Likewise, this perk can be one of the employee recognition strategies during Eid. You can recognize each employee’s hard work in front of their family and show them how much you care about their overall wellbeing and happiness.
Eid Al Fitr is a joyful, relaxing celebration where people eat, drink, pray, and exchange gifts with their loved ones. It should be cherished and packed with pleasant times surrounded by family and friends without putting hard working people and their loved ones in financial risk. As a good employer, it is going to be your honor to make the best out of Eid Al-Fitr for your employees with these initiatives! Eid Mubarak!