While other public holidays commemorate important historical moments, honor great leaders and venerate those who made great sacrifices on the field of battle, Labor Day recognizes the important contributions of all men and women who drive the prosperity of our country each day through their good work.
We pause on this day to respect people in every field of endeavor, because it is ultimately people who create success for any business. Companies can purchase the same equipment, use the same software, work with the same raw materials, but the quality of people in an organization drives its performance.
On this occasion, we should also reflect on the difference between activity and results. Labor Day offers appreciation for everyone who works, but the ability to translate work into results is critical for every organization. Activity is simply doing the task that’s assigned. Results are what make a difference. When we introduce new products, improve the process of making them, deliver them faster and support them by helping our customers understand their value proposition, we are creating results. All of our activity should be seen in that vein: creating results that make customers recognize us as the industry’s preferred provider. When our results deliver value for customers and end users, those sales create opportunities for us to grow and reinvest in the business.
People have always been our greatest asset, and our dedication to our people is unmatched in the industry: innovative health and wellness programs, world class training and development, comprehensive benefits and a commitment to ensuring respect and appreciation for each individual in every part of the business. We continue to reinvest in the business and, most importantly, to reinvest in our people by ensuring that they have the knowledge and skills to thrive.
With more than 20,000 exceptional people in the U.S. and more than 41,000 in 42 countries around the world, we have a great deal to celebrate this Labor Day. We are delighted to recognize the results you deliver for the business and our customers and honored to have you as teammates in this great organization.
Best wishes for a safe, restful and enjoyable Labor Day.