For most of us, Labor Day is the last long weekend of the summer. We host a cookout or try to get to the ocean one last time. We close up the summer camp or cottage. We buy those final school supplies and get ready for Fall. Often, we forget that the reason for the holiday is to “recognize and pay tribute to the contributions and achievements of the American worker.”
The past few years have been tough for the American Worker. We’ve asked them to do more with less and take on heavier workloads. They’ve continued to give their best while worrying about when and if the next lay off will come. In some industries, like financial services, the trust the public had in their companies is deeply eroded and it’s difficult to feel pride.
In the lead up to Labor Day 2012, take time to recognize the contributions of the team of people who work with you. Show appreciation for the hours they’ve put in. Remind them of all they’ve achieved. Thank them for the results. Celebrate the accomplishments. Remind them what Labor Day is all about.