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Labor Day is meaningful

September 7, 2009

by Pam Fiecke

This year, Labor Day is Monday, Sept. 7.

Congress declared, in 1894, that the first Monday in September would be a holiday for workers, known as Labor Day. It’s the celebration of the value and dignity of work, and its role in the American way of life.

We all must admit, we have all had many jobs. Whether it be volunteer or a paid position, doesn’t matter!

The point of the matter is, many of us have driven past many buildings of business employment.

The buildings most often look new, or are remodeled to look new. We may wonder what goes on inside the building. What do they manufacture? What do they build? What do they take care of? What do they sell? What do they produce? What do they redo?

The building is only a structure you work under or inside of most often. What’s most important, and is the true key to any place of employment is, what goes on inside of that building.

This includes, work hours, treatment, the product, work conditions, safety, and the value and dignity of all employees /customers within that place of business.

In my lifetime, I have only seen a small handful of business that I have considered run the proper way for all involved. I was employed by one that was absolutely outstanding in all areas. They had the key to success at all times by implementing a private time with God and the following.

True success starts with having a good, safe environment, happy employees, and a product that is needed and acceptable to mankind.

Over-extended, long hours; poor communication skills, non usable products, and terrible working conditions can break a business in a short time.

Years ago, unions became more prominent and voiced their demands for a better way of life.

You don’t need unions to represent anyone. What you need is proper management that instills good values, respect and dignity at all levels to all involved. Pass it on, pass it down, learn it, put it into action. That’s the glue that holds any business together with your needed product. That’s the new American way for survival and better way of life for all involved.