Laurie RuettimannI had a great and glorious holiday weekend. How about you?

The cats didn’t fight. We attended a wedding and went to the beach. I ate like a champ. As far as I’m concerned, it doesn’t get any better than that.

I remember when I had a real job. The first day back after a long “summer weekend” was brutal. Employees were tired. Supervisors and leaders are bombed with email before they walk through the door. HR professionals around America are hungover but affecting a happy disposition.

(My boss once told me that I can’t improve employee engagement scores if I’m not smiling.)

I know the first day back is tough, but I hope you have a good day at work. America is built on a foundation of people who worked hard so you didn’t have to! They built railroads and interstates. They dug ditches and hauled boulders. They foraged, farmed and fought for a better society.

You work on a computer and don’t even answer your phone, anymore.

In short, you’re not gonna die.

Go easy on yourself, get another Starbucks, and don’t be too hard on your colleagues.

Welcome back to work, America!

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