It seems to me Labor Day is an appropriate time to talk about working. My wife and I have been part of the great American work force since we were 16 … with some time off for school, babies, and unemployment.
What have we learned from more than 40 years on the job? Plenty! Let me share a couple.
We don’t spend much time loafing and/or socializing while on the clock. Somehow, we always find that our duties fill our time … and then some. We go to work to work.
We’ve learned that there is no job too big, too difficult for people who don’t actually do the work.
We’ve learned that there are vicious, ugly people in the workplace … and they often thrive somehow.
We’ve learned that – for us – the 40-hour work week is a myth. Long ago we stopped expecting rewards and recognition to accurately reflect the excellence of our efforts.
For us, a job well done is often the best … and only … real payoff.
Our thought for today is from Garson Kanin:
“In a professional once engaged, the performance of the job comes first.”