Fire Up the Grill

September 1, 2021

 

It’s summer’s last hurrah. Time to fire up the grill and pull together your favorite picnic meal. And time for most of us to enjoy the luxury of a three-day weekend.

Happy Labor Day!

What are you celebrating on Labor Day this year?

We’ve come a long way since this observance began. In September 1882, thousands of workers marched in the streets of New York City to demand changes to the conditions in most industries of the time.

Improvements in health and safety, reduced working hours and fair wages were on the list of desired changes. The organizing of workers focused on political action resulted in new standards for industrial work that reduced work hours, improved pay and working conditions, and eliminated child labor.

As a business owner, you take responsibility for creating a workplace that meets the standards established for American workers in the past 139 years. You don’t just do it because it’s the law, you do it because it’s the right thing to do.

This Labor Day, we want to honor you…our clients and colleagues.

Thank you for the important work you do in the world. For improving lives of the people you serve in so many ways. No matter what the industry, what you do makes a difference.

Eighteen months into the pandemic that few of us could foresee, we are especially celebrating the work of frontline medical personnel. Those who thought they were seeing a light at the end of the tunnel, only to find themselves facing the freight train of the Delta variant.

We celebrate the laboratory workers who spent countless hours to develop the vaccines that bring a measure of protection against the worst that COVID has to offer.

Let’s honor the essential workers who never skipped a beat, continuing to keep stores open, groceries delivered, and public transportation running.

The teachers who returned to classrooms full of students with or without vaccines or masks, bringing some semblance of order and normalcy to the chaos that our children had faced over the past year and a half.

We celebrate the many businesses (including yours) that pivoted during the early days of lockdown, survived mandated closures, reduced revenues, and remote working. Those who kept workers employed when there was no work to be done and those that reluctantly let workers go when the last lifeline was exhausted.

It’s Labor Day weekend. Fire up the grill and celebrate the American workforce, including the people who work in your business. Then, take a moment (or two) to celebrate yourself.

Happy Labor Day!

Go forth and do great things,

Martha & Chris