May 1st is acknowledged all of the world. But very often for different reasons. I wanted to share some of the historical background and also how that relate to the world today and particularly learning and development.

 May Day originated from ancient agricultural rituals, when the Greeks and may day 1Romans held festivals in celebration of spring. Although later celebrations varied widely, many included the crowning of a May king and queen, and the setting up of a decorated May tree, or ‘Maypole’. The idea for these rituals was to ensure fertility of crops, livestock and the good health of those people who farmed land.

In the 21st century, traditional May Day celebrations have declined in many countries and May 1st is more commonly associated with the international holiday honouring workers and the labour movement. Historically, it’s a reminder of the roots of some of the beneficial conditions we experience as a modern workforce. A memory of those who protested for an 8-hour work day, for including Saturday as part of the weekend, for having safer working conditions and abolishing awful practices like child-labour.

may day 2Today we salute workers all over the globe! We believe the workforce remains essential to the health of every business and it is still true that people are a company's greatest assets.

At MAD we support the learning and development of people so they can become even more valuable company assets. We do this through a wide range of customised and engaging programmes, designed to support and improve performance.

To learn more about our programmes please contact us.