As we approach the Labor Day weekend, many in Minnesota are planning on spending time with family and friends away from the office, taking advantage of the extra day off. But as you venture off to the lake for one last trip or to the State Fair for your annual calorie binge, take a moment out of your day to show some appreciation for the folks who this day was originally put in place to celebrate – your employees!
The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on September 5, 1882 in New York City as a “workingmen’s holiday,” and was meant to celebrate the contributions and achievements of employees and labor organizations. As the years went by, the holiday spread across the country along with organized labor, and became a federal holiday in 1894.
While you may spend the rest of your year fighting to protect management rights or defending your clients against claims brought by disgruntled employees, this is one of the times when you should show appreciation for your employees and how much they make your business succeed. It doesn’t take a lot of effort to say “Thank you” to your employees for all of the work they do, and for public employers, sometimes that’s all you can do to show your appreciation. Even if that’s all you can do, it goes a long way in creating a better relationship with your employees, and makes them understand you see the hard work they’re doing every day.
With that, have a great holiday weekend, and we’ll see you all next week!