Labour Day: Back to School, Back to Business
Although most Canadian’s look forward to Labour Day as one last long weekend before the end of summer, the origin behind the holiday stemmed from a different purpose. Over 140 years ago, labour pioneers paraded in Toronto in support of the Typographical Union’s strike for shorter working hours.
That parade was the first in a chain of events that eventually lead to Labour Day becoming an official holiday in 1894, and has been observed on the first Monday of every September ever since.
These days, Labour Day is more often viewed as the last chance to throw an outdoor barbecue bash, or squeeze in one more family trip to the cottage. It also heralds the end of summer vacation and the start of a new school year.
But the passing of this holiday doesn’t just mean the end of white pants and reasonable rush-hour traffic. It signals a season of new beginnings and fresh starts. It inspires us to appraise our current situation, evaluate our goals, and look forward to the new year ahead.
So it should come as no surprise that many employers return to work after Labour Day and consider it the perfect time to kick-off new projects, complete those projects that were put on hold during summertime, and implement new company initiatives – all of which may include hiring fresh talent. Traditionally, this results in an increase of new opportunities for job seekers or those looking for growth within their current company.
This Labour Day, take a moment to remember and thank our labour pioneers for securing the rights and privileges we benefit from in the workplace today. And with autumn fast approaching, don’t forget to embrace new opportunities and “fall” back in line with those long term goals!