The first Monday in September is set aside as a day to recognize and honor the hard work that so many Americans of all walks of life contribute to keeping this nation running smoothly.

There is a saying that “no man is an island” and nowhere is this truer than in the labor force. We all must rely on the efforts of others, at some point, to get our own work done.

The people who provide our supplies, deliver our lunch, and fix our printers, computers and vehicles are all an important facet of our work life, and most are caring enough to be where we need them, when we need them. We never know what goes on behind the scenes or what people have to go through to get their work done on time.

Even though we don’t directly ignore these fellow workers, many times we forget that they are busy individuals with others vying for their time, also. Yes, they have chosen their particular career in life, but it is always pleasant to be recognized for trying to do a quality job, no matter what that job may be.

This Labor day is a good opportunity to give a word of encouragement or recognition to those that help and support all of us in business, thereby assuring that our entire country continues to thrive and progress. Most of us don’t labor to be noticed or commended, but it is very gratifying to feel that others appreciate our work ethic and dedication.