As the world has abruptly ground to a halt, the only thing keeping us from complete meltdown as a civilisation is the hard work of many essential workers. These amazing people are the ones who are keeping the hospitals operational, answering the phones at help centres, stocking the supermarket shelves, cleaning the sidewalks, processing the test results, producing the masks, delivering the mail, and so many more jobs to keep our society functioning.
These wonderful people are our new heroes; the essential workers who turn up each day to keep the wheels of industry and the cogs of our healthcare system turning smoothly. In this time of crisis, we finally see how essential they are.
We want to take this moment to send our heartfelt thanks to the essential workers of our world. We have come up with some ways we can all show our appreciation for their efforts.
Say Thank You
We think we can all remember to say an honest thank you next time we pay for our groceries or accept a package from a busy postal worker. We hope we will all take the time also to wish them a great day or ask them how they are doing. With kind words and a smile, we can let them know we are grateful for their time and effort in these challenging times.
Follow the rules
The most important thing we can do to help out essential workers is to follow the rules. This means reading the health signs posted outside a supermarket or business and following the instructions. Many workers at these companies are in the unenviable situation of having to enforce new rules and regulations on a stressed and scared population. These rules are in place to keep them and us safe. The best we can do is to try to follow these regulations without complaints. This pandemic isn’t fun for anyone, but give a thought to the tired essential worker who must keep asking people to follow the safety guidelines and give them a break.
Stay at home
Unless absolutely necessary, please stay at home. The fewer people there are wandering around, the less strain there is on our workers at supermarkets, essential businesses and hospitals. Stay safe at home and let those who must move around to keep the world turning do so without hindrance.
Think of fun ways to use thank you signs to show your appreciation. A big smiley face stuck on your door to thank the postal worker or a happy sign on the side of your garbage bin to thank the workers collecting our garbage can show these workers they are appreciated. Find ways to put little thank you signs and notes everywhere an essential worker might see it. Think of sending cards, letters, or posters to essential businesses in your community which they can post in the break rooms for employees to see.
Support essential workers’ families
If you know an essential worker with children, go out of your way to ask if you can help them out. Offer to cook them a meal or do a grocery shop for them. At least give them a call or send them a short message to let them know you are available to help.
Give Social Recognition
Don’t forget to share your thanks in messages on social media. Tag local stores, businesses and services who are doing a great job and let them know you appreciate them.
Some of the trending hashtags you can use are:
Think outside the box about who are essential workers
Our essential workers are not all visible. While we immediately think of the frontline workers who are doing such a tremendous job, we sometimes overlook the many support workers who are working steadily behind the scenes. Newsweek has published a great list of essential workers who could also use our thanks in this challenging time.
During these stressful times, we all must remember the importance of kindness. Now is the time to find every opportunity to perform a random act of kindness for an essential worker. You can share your acts of kindness and inspire others on social media using the hashtag #BeTheKind
From the team at ILNI, we send our most sincere thanks to all essential workers. We want you to know we appreciate you and the job you do to keep our world turning as smoothly as possible.
“I can no other answer make but thanks, and thanks, and ever thanks.”– William Shakespeare