Labor Day is more than just a day off work, or the end of summer – it’s an acknowledgement of the value of employees.
Employees make companies work. They build things, maintain things, clean, run machines, handle customer issues and take on thousands of other little tasks that make your company successful.
Labor Day celebrates organized labor that helped bring people a 40-hour work week, better pay, benefits and workplace protections. But it also celebrates the individual employee’s commitment to excellence and the quality of their work.
Companies are named after their founders, but they run on the efforts of the employees, who get up every day and do their part to keep things working.
Employees are there to open the door in the morning and lock up at night. They are there during crises and crushes. They go above and beyond to make sure that things get done. They teach and support each other and are there for your customers.
Employees innovate, adapt, repair, compensate and struggle to maintain the quality of your products and services. They represent your company to the world on a day-to-day basis and walk out at the end of the day concerned about what they need to do tomorrow to keep things going.
As you eat your hot dog on Labor Day, take a second to appreciate the people who raised the meat, grew the grains, processed, baked, packed, transported, stocked, displayed and sold all of the things that went into making sure you were able to relax and enjoy it.
And when you go back to work on Tuesday, think about how every day is a Labor Day – and let the people who labor for you know how much you appreciate them.