Labor Day is an opportunity for us as a nation to recognize the hard work of Americans who have greatly contributed to our country and our pathway towards continued prosperity. The resolute, unwavering work ethic engrained in our country since its birth continues to be woven within every one of us.
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Over the past couple of weeks, I have realized that I work with a lot smart and talented people. I look back and my career and I have been fortunate enough to work with some of the best and brightest minds in their respective industries. I have and have had some fantastic bosses and peers that not only push me and bring out the best in me, they are also great people and friends.
I can’t help but feel for the ones who are struggling.
Labor Day is a bittersweet day for me this year. First, it happens to fall on my birthday. Nice of the government to declare my birthday a national holiday! Second, it is a day purposed to celebrate the American worker.
Yet because job seekers have my heart right now, I’m having a hard time celebrating.
Quick shot for a Tuesday that feels like a Monday and also feels like a Wednesday since it seems like I am already two and half days behind.
Just before the long Labor Day weekend Gallup released some figures from its 2014 Work and Education poll that showed Americans that are employed full-time are, on average, putting in about 47 hours per week on the job, almost a full working day longer than what has been the 'standard' 40 work week.
When many of us in the HR world think of Labor Day, we now think of the NLRB. For most of us, I would not say the visceral thoughts are warm and with admiration.
So, for Labor Day, let’s not think of the National Labor Relations Board. Let’s think of its purpose.
Labor Day has its origins in the labor movement. In 1894, Grover Cleveland made Labor Day a federal holiday after a failed attempt to break up a railroad strike. However, its purpose, I believe, is to pay tribute to the contributions and accomplishments of all American workers.
There was a time when employees had few protections and were subject to abuses by unregulated management. For example:
The end of summer, start of the school year, beginning of the football season and the celebration of employees everywhere—it all says September and Labor Day. If you observe its historical origins, this month would be marked by “a picnic, an abundance of cigars, and lager beer kegs.” That’s how the media of the day characterized one of the first Labor Day celebrations about 130 years ago.