In America, we celebrate Labor Day on the first Monday in September – September 3rd this year. For you international readers, Labour Day might be celebrated at other times, depending upon where you live. May and October are popular alternatives.
Labor Day in America is intended to celebrate the contributions and achievements of our workers. (It also is a symbolic end of summer.) Over the years, American workers have built cities and a strong transportation infrastructure that includes highways, railways and air transportation. Workers have built tremendous companies, producing automobiles, planes, computer hardware and software. We put men on the moon and brought them back safely – an important piece of our acceptance criteria. The list is endless.
As we acknowledge the achievements of workers, we should also recognize that much as what we have accomplished in the past was done through significant effort. But sometimes we value the wrong things. Working long and hard may indicate commitment, but there are times when it can be counter-productive, like intense schedule pressure coupled with excessive overtime in software development.
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