It’s Labor Day, a time to relax and unwind from the hustle and bustle of summer, while looking back at what you’ve accomplished during the year. Up here in the northern climates, we recognize there is a need to take advantage of all of the daylight hours you can during the summer while keeping up with the workload.
While this is stressful, it’s a needed, self-imposed stress to absorb all of the sunlight you can before entering hibernation mode for the next several months. What a fitting holiday to make sure we take in all that summer offers, but it also signifies the start (for some) a period where we have to buckle down before winter comes upon us.
Labor Day initially began in Canada, one of the better imports we have from that country, along with Wayne Gretzky and Tim Horton’s (we’ll ignore Justin Bieber). It was initiated in the U.S. by a labor demonstration against work requirements for 12 hour days, 7 day weeks. It also signifies a reference to this country’s growth to becoming a professional and responsible job market. That alone makes it worth a moment of remembrance for where we were and where we are going.
As a country, we have fought labor discrepancies for many years and, even with today’s technological advancements, we are probably still unable to unplug. That’s even when we are given the opportunity to do so through paid time off, as well as being given generous opportunities to work from a boat out in the middle of a lake.
Take a moment this weekend to spend some time with your family. Talk to your kids about this country’s history of hard and difficult work. Talk to them about what it is you do and why it’s important.
This country was built on hard work, and engineering consultants are a group that will continue that for years to come. There are significant infrastructure projects going on right now that will provide you with a reminder of how this country is willing to step up and meet tomorrow’s challenges. Oh, and don’t forget to put away your white pants. Happy Labor Day!