Developers Don’t Take Holidays
“Labor Day… is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.” – US Dept of Labor
Do You Really Take Holidays?
This holiday was birthed in the 1880’s, during a time when unions and trade groups fought for their rights. The workforce has changed significantly over the past 130 years. More workers are web based, and not part of unions or trade groups groups. Developers seem to work no matter what day of the week, and they often work during off-peak office hours. These dedicated workers rarely pause to honor themselves and the hard work they put in each day. Taking a holiday often means missing a deadline or not making money if you are a consultant.
Take a Holiday on Monday
Maybe on this Labor Day, developers can create a new way to celebrate the holiday – by doing something they love and enjoy. I asked around the offices about what all of our awesome developers like to do when they do have some free time. Naturally, I heard a few comments about not touching a laptop and another about relaxing by the pool. A few chose to try out new video games like the newest update to Legend of Zelda. Another developer told me that he will take some time to tinker with some side projects he’s been meaning to play around with. I might work on my circuit board from Def Con now that I will have some time away from work for a day.
What will you be doing this holiday weekend?
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