Let’s Drink to the Hard Working People

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One of the many ironies of my so-called life is that I’m sitting here now, on Labor Day, writing this blog post about working on Labor Day.  This is a day when many (if not most) Americans are taking a day off, in order to pat themselves on the back and celebrate the working man and woman.  I recognize that I’m not supposed to be doing any work today and yet…here I am.

I could lie to you and tell you that I’m sitting by my pool, tablet wedged precariously between my knees, while I swat the bugs and wipe the sweat and suntan lotion out of my eyes.  If that makes you appreciate my dedication to you and this blog that much more, well…who am I to deprive you of that pleasure.

The fact of the matter is that there’s always more work to be done.  There was a time earlier this year (or was it last year?) that I actually had a backlog of posts ready to share.  Then reality hit, and I still find myself playing catch up since my July vacation and August trade show.  I don’t like working this way, but I gotta keep the customer satisfied.

And let’s not kid ourselves: I am willing to bet that we were all working at some point today.  It’s the new world order.  Having the technology at our fingertips at all times enables us to check our work email at all hours and address this or that.  We may tell ourselves that, yeah…I’ll be quick…and then we wonder where the last hour went.

I won’t name names, although I could, but I saw a posting earlier today in the Promotional Products Professionals group on Facebook, asking if anyone from a specific supplier company was working today.  Additionally, I saw a few other people inquiring about this pen or that insulated mug (honestly people…use the bloody “search” option!).  It’s small comfort knowing that I’m not alone at work today.

We’re in this together.  We’re all standing around the same metaphorical water cooler today, working and wondering why.  To my fellow worker bees, join me and raise your glass to the hardworking people.

Mike Schenker, MAS
Mike Schenker, MAS, is an award-winning promotional products industry professional and All That at Mike Schenker, Consulting. He’s been a distributor and a supplier, and has a view of our industry which can best be described as “unique”.  He takes the promotional products business very seriously, but not himself, and his reflections on all things imprinted can be found in his monthly column for PromoCorner.  He is one of the admins of the popular Promotional Products Professionals group on Facebook, a two-time candidate for the PPAI Board of Directors (but he’s not bitter), a member of the SAAGNY Hall of Fame, and the recipient of the 2014 PPAI Distinguished Service Award.
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