History of Labor Day and Dreams of Becoming a Boss


Yesterday, the U.S. celebrated Labor Day. For a great many of us—maybe not so much franchisees—it’s an extra day off, making a beautiful three-day weekend to herald the end of summer and the beginning of autumn. It’s also a time of reflection for both workers and for bosses. So, in this edition of FranNet’s blog, we wanted to delve into the history of Labor Day, as you—the prospective franchisee—dream of becoming your own boss.

Labor Day is celebrated the first Monday of each September. The first Labor Day was celebrated in New York City in 1882. The first state to make Labor Day a holiday was Oregon and it was President Grover Cleveland who signed legislation making it a national holiday, doing so in 1894.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s website, the holiday is “a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers.” Labor Day is a “yearly national tribute” to the “contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”

The history of labor in this country is one full of strife, however. It took generations of time, protracted strikes, and even tragedy to bring about the changes we see today which offer protection to the working class in our country. But it’s something for every American to be proud of. Many countries across the world, including influential global leaders, do not offer the same type of protections for their workforce. And the freedoms we enjoy today are the result of the sacrifice of many to bring attention to labor strife.

As you ruminate on the history and meaning of Labor Day, we pose a question to you. If and when you become your own boss through the franchising route, what kind of boss will you be? Working within the structure and confines of your franchise agreement, will you be open to accepting input from your employees? What voice will they have? How will you protect their rights and responsibilities?

Many prospective franchisees come from a background in Corporate America where they have never fulfilled the role of a boss. But once a franchise owner, you’re thrust into that position. Preparation and consideration for taking on this new role must be accounted for in the investigative process. There just so happens to be hundreds of books on the subject of what it takes to fulfill the role of being a boss, thus charged with forging the careers of multiple employees. You can search for a specific title that appeals to you, but we’ve found a pretty neat little blog which covers the subject nicely. It’s called 17 Simple Ways to Become a Powerful and Likable Boss, written by Geoffrey James, a special contributor to Inc.com.

We at FranNet certainly hope that your Labor Day weekend was both relaxing and productive. Meteorological summer has ended and fall is now on our doorstep. We’re soon to enter the fourth fiscal quarter of 2017 and it’s one that promises to keep us on our toes. In the coming weeks, we’ll continue to provide our twice-weekly blog content for your review, keeping you as up-to-date as possible on breaking news, trending topics and any other franchise updates designed to prepare you for a possible venture into entrepreneurship.

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