Labor Day and ODs

September 01, 2019
This email is a quick thank you to you.

This weekend, I've been wondering how Labor Day came to fruition. Here's what I learned: federally mandated in 1894, Labor Day celebrates the “contributions and achievements of the American labor force” (per the History Channel).

In context, Labor Day was a kind government response to a difficult time for American workers. It was the height of the industrial revolution, and the average American—including children—worked 12 hours per day, 7 days per week all year round just to make ends meet.

Obviously today a 40-hour work week is a more acceptable workload for most, but I suspect practice owners can relate to the plight of turn of the century workers. Their practice is their biggest asset, meaning even when they’re not there, their mind might be. In addition to patient care, there are employees to manage, marketing to generate and operations to operate. Working Saturdays is a reality for many. Owning a business is hard!

Tomorrow, as the nation celebrates its workforce's contributions and achievements, take a minute to celebrate what you’ve accomplished.

You earned a difficult medical degree with rigorous ongoing education requirements. You truly improve the quality of life (and fashion) for patients each and every day. If you’ve built a practice, you’ve created an asset that’s worth something more than just a bi-weekly paycheck. You should be proud.

So thank you for all that you do. And enjoy your Labor Day!

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