For most of us, Labor Day is the summer finale, knowing that once the holiday has come and gone, fall is upon us and it’s once again time to focus on school and work.
Growing up, we wouldn’t miss the first high school football game of the season on the Friday night of Labor Day weekend. It was also our last chance to get a new outfit for school, new binders or a new lunch bag. Finally, we enjoyed a quiet Monday at home before the big yellow school bus would arrive the next morning like clockwork.
But did you know there’s a greater significance to Labor Day beyond one last chance to savor summer?
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Labor Day was “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.”
Stop and think about that for a second. When was the last time you celebrated the contribution you and others make to the strength, prosperity and well-being of your community? Or do you tend to view your job as something you do to pay the bills, putting up with stress and frustration because it’s the only way to put food on the table or pay your cell phone bill?
We know that work can be hard, stressful, and tiring. That’s why it’s called work - not play! But we also know that when you believe your work has significance, that it is your contribution to making the world a better place, work can feel a little less like, well, work.
Let me say it again: the work you do has significance. You provide a product or a service people really need. You help inform and equip the next generation of our society. You help make your community a better place to live so that others can thrive.
At MatchPace, we truly believe in the work you are doing - and we want to help you do it better. Please drop us a line and share how reimagining your workday could help you see your work as significant instead of a burden.
Actually, drop us a line on Tuesday… let yourself enjoy a well-earned day off for all your hard work!