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A Labor of Love Print
Written by Abby Kohut   

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, 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. This year, I propose that we salute the true laborers in our country, the ones whose labor pushed us into the world in the first place…our moms.

Being a parent is clearly the most difficult job in the world. Your job is to help turn a tiny organism into a full fledged adult, capable of making their own decisions. This project is more difficult these days as the decisions your children make frequently conflict with the decisions that you would have made for them. Eventually, you get to ship them off into the world and see how they turn out.

It seems to me that being a parent is a lot like being a manager and I have my mom to thank for teaching me these very important skills:

  1. Mom taught me that it was ok to make mistakes as long as you learned from them. As a manager, I've always believed in do-overs. How can you appreciate success if you never fail? Instead of asking your team "How could this happen?", challenge them by having them ponder "What can we do to prevent this from happening again?"
  2. Mom told me that I could be whatever I wanted to be and I believed her. As a manager, the most rewarding part of the job is seeing your employees grow through the ranks of your company, in part, because of your coaching and mentoring. Savor those rewards rather than holding your best employees back.
  3. Mom said that as long as I tried my best, that was all she could ever ask, even if I didn't hit a home run. As a manager, not everyone on your team will hit a home run every time. Encourage the average players to pump up their game and everyone becomes a winner.
  4. Mom encouraged me to think things through on my own rather than giving me the answers straight away. As a manager, as difficult as it sometimes is to hold back the solutions, I learned to challenge my employees to think of them on their own. Sometimes their solutions were even better than mine.
  5. Mom never judged until she checked in with the jury. She waited for all the evidence and then gave her verdict. As much as it may appear that your employee is at fault, give them the benefit of the doubt before sentencing them. They may not be as guilty as you think.
Absolutely Abby’s Advice:
My mom taught me about the labor of love and this weekend I celebrate her. My mom searched for years until she found the perfect job. She was a bank teller, a file clerk, a kindergarten teacher and a seamstress. But in the end, mom's favorite job was just being mom. To all of you parents out there, thank you for all the work that you do to turn your kids into superstars. Have a wonderful Labor Day!
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Drawn from my 18 years of experience and research in recruiting and Human Resources, my blog posts are intended to provide insight into what corporate recruiters and Human Resource professionals look for when they are evaluating your qualifications. Simply reading these blogs will not guarantee you success. However, consistently applying the strategies mentioned, as well as developing your own personal interview style, will greatly enhance your chances of victory amidst the competition. I wish you the best of luck with your search as you begin to take charge of your career!