What does Labor Day mean to you? The end of summer? The start of Fall season? BBQ’s, picnics, relaxation and fun in the sun?
How do you spend your three-day weekend? When you wake up on Monday morning, you will recognize that you may be getting paid to not be at work. Time to celebrate!
For me, Labor Day signifies all of this but most importantly, I am appreciative that we are provided time off (with pay) to rest and recognize that we provide value. Value to the organization we work for, the team (co-workers) around us, and probably most importantly, the community we work in.
Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country (https://www.dol.gov/general/laborday/history).
One of the areas that I ask to implement with my clients is providing value to staff all year round. A simple “thank you” goes along way and quite frankly, this does not happen in most work places. People are taken advantage of without any appreciation provided on a consistent basis. Appreciation in the workplace motivates employees to work harder because it focuses on the individual!
While Labor Day is celebrated and provided for all, showing your appreciation on an individual level, you begin to develop a relationship that empowers them. For example, I ask people what are they most proud of either today or within the past week?
What can you do for those around you? What kind of questions can you ask that would bring value to those around you? In what ways can you truly show someone you appreciate them (and not just at holiday’s)? Maybe, take time this weekend to think about how you can bring change into the workplace.
Remember, in all that you do, live and work With Purpose!