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It's the Friday before Labor Day weekend, which probably means one thing: You really don't want to work today. Worse, your office is likely to be a ghost town. What are you going to do?

Don't worry, I've got you covered. In honor of Labor Day, here are six of the best workplace stories Inc. has published over the past year. They'll be perfect empty-office companions, and a great way to get inspired as the year ticks into autumn.

  1. Earlier this year, Inc. asked 139,251 employees around the country to rate their workplaces. The result: Inc.'s Best Workplaces of 2019 list, which spotlights the top 346 workplaces in America based on perks like paternity leave, unlimited vacation, paid sabbaticals, profit sharing, and more.

  2. My colleague Matt Haber spoke to a tech founder whose company offers a very unique perk: tickets to Burning Man, the infamous weeklong late-summer event in Nevada's Black Rock Desert. The founder thinks Burning Man can actually help unlock his employees' creativity and productivity, and he explains why.

  3. This one's a video, and it's worth your time: two women founders, sitting across from each other, sharing their stories of pregnancy, maternity leave, and going back to work. They learned a lot from their experiences, and those lessons should reflect in the way you run your business.

  4. What would you do with an extra $1.3 million? In late 2018, the then-1,500 employees of e-cigarette maker Juul got the chance to answer that question, when the company received a $2 billion dividend payment from an investor and decided to share the wealth. Inc.com columnist Minda Zetlin's analysis of the move is a thought-provoking read, especially heading into the end-of-year-bonus season.

  5. You've probably known some extremely tough bosses with incredibly devoted employees. General Stanley McChrystal has a theory as to why: When brilliant leaders do groundbreaking work, employees have an overwhelming urge to feel connected to it. As McChrystal told my colleague Leigh Buchanan: "There is something in all of us that just wants to be part of something special."

  6. Imagine a company where 20 percent of employees are married to coworkers. Now, get this: It's real, and it's a Charlottesville, Virginia-based biotech company called Seraphic Group. Buchanan caught up with the company's leadership to learn how that came to happen--and how it doesn't constantly fall apart. Buckle up for a wild ride, readers.

The next Inc. This Morning newsletter will be on Tuesday morning. Enjoy the long weekend!

Published on: Aug 30, 2019