This past week was tough, and something that no one in HR looks forward to. One of my co-workers passed away. His name was Homer.
Homer was amazing !! He was the first person I saw everyday as I came into the office. He greeted me with a smile and a warm handshake. We exchanged jokes, laughed about life and talked about the day, our families and our work. He loved working for LaRosa’s, and it wasn’t something to “say”, it was what he believed. His pride in his work showed.
By the way, Homer cleaned the parking lot of the Corporate Office and also two of our nearby restaurants . . . and he was 79.
Homer was a great loving husband, father and veteran. Also, he was my friend.
Lately, I’ve been seeing a trend in HR and in the blogosphere to group folks together so that we can better “address” or “handle” their generation. I’m concerned by this because I think it waters down the spectacular fact of our diversity as individuals. When I was born can be proven, but who I am as a person is an individual characteristic. I think HR suffers when we try to group people into different categories so they can be more homogeneous. It may seem “easier,” but it devalues what each person brings to work each and every day.
I’ve said it before, but I truly feel that HR should be practiced person-by-person. Our employees deserve our focus, attention and care. If you ever hope to be a diverse organization, then you need to really look at how HR is practiced in your place. If everyone fits into a giant herd, or a “generation”, then you need to make an adjustment.
This week our company lost a dear individual who impacted the lives of many. He did this intentionally and unabashedly. I hope to carry on his example so that others can see how amazing each person who touches our lives really is. I deeply miss him already.
Look around you this coming week at work. Is there a Homer at your place? There should be.