With over 675 active student employees, it can easily be said that HSA’s most valuable asset are the students. While 50 of these employees are student managers, the remaining 600 are hourly employees. Our student hourly employees are the drivers of HSA and perform invaluable services for our businesses with utmost enthusiasm, dedication, and initiative. In addition, student employment offers students career-enhancing opportunities, the ability to develop skills relevant in any career, and better preparation for the job market upon graduation.
Each year, the National Student Employment Association declares the second week of April be set aside to recognize the value of student employees. This year, National Student Employment Recognition falls on the week of April 15th-19th. Although our student managers host various employee appreciation events throughout the year, every agency set aside this week to show appreciation for all the hard work our student hourly employees provide for HSA. We invited students hourly employees to the office for treats and sweets throughout the week. Students were not only thanked profusely for their work, but were also given snacks, goody bags, and gift cards that they could enjoy throughout the day.
One of our most successful events this year was hosted by HSA Distributions. The student manager put together an amazing social, for which he not only catered sushi but also brought in ice cream for all the employees. At the end of the event, each employee received a personalized gift bag, consisting of a hand-written thank you note, an Amazon gift card, candy, and even a pair of headphones.
HSA Tutoring also hosted a study break with snacks, pizza, and ice cream for our 100 tutors. The culmination of the study break was the announcement of the first-ever Tutor of the Year award, a tradition that will be continued over the years.
HSA Bartending as well as Cleaners and Dorm Essentials both put together small goody bags with sweet appreciation notes, giftcards, and snacks, while The Harvard Shop organized a cookie study break. Though not every employee was able to make all the events, we encouraged students to stop by even for a bit to receive a word of thanks.
It was inspiring to see all the agencies across HSA working together to show appreciation for our employees and make them realize that their efforts and time are noticed and appreciated. Overall, this week was a great success and we had a great student turnout at all the events. Our hope is that each student employee walked away feeling valued after this week.