Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of the American work force. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well being of our country.
For most people, Labor Day is a time to kick back, relax and enjoy the company of friends and family. However, for many of us in the wholesale print trade there is little rest because of customer deadlines etc., its just another workday.
While burning the midnight oil is often a necessity to get your print business moving along, a little R&R can not only help recharge your batteries but research has shown it can also help boost your productivity.
One internal study conducted by accounting firm Ernst & Young in 2006 showed for every ten hours of vacation an employee took, their end-of-the-year job performance rating got boosted 8 percent. In 2011, travel site Expedia found 52 percent of employees feel better about their jobs and more productive after vacation. Another study conducted by Harvard stated sleep deprivation cost U.S. businesses $63.2 billion a year due to loss in productivity.
So, before you decide to skip an old friend’s BBQ or put off the idea of getting away for the day, here are four reasons why you should give yourself a break on Labor Day.
Reconnect with friends and family. There are more people in your life besides work colleagues and clients. Yet, being an entrepreneur makes it much tougher to maintain friendships outside your business.
Let Labor Day be a time to reclaim friendships you have pushed to the backburner and make it an occasion to surround yourself with loved ones. Just make sure you do it completely detached from work. No shoptalk!
Be an example to others.
Labor Day is the best time to hop on the bandwagon and turn off your cell phone, turn on the grill and enjoy a day disconnected from the instant access and connectivity that powers your business.
If anyone calls you with business on their brain on Labor Day, just let it go straight to voicemail the hint might just remind them that it’s actually Labor Day.
At Zoo Printing all employees are given the day off but not to worry we will back to work on your orders on September the 8th
Happy Labor Day from Zoo Printing!