This was a beautiful story that I heard from a very senior colleague recently.
Years ago, when she started working, for whatever reason, it took many weeks for payroll to catch up and for your first check to arrive.
In her case, she was notified that it would be something like 6 weeks before she would receive an actual paycheck.
Not a lot of good that does, when the mortgage comes due, the utility bill arrives in the mail, or you need to go shopping for groceries or medicine.
What's interesting and inspiring here though is what this lady's boss did at that time.
She recalled that when he heard that she would not be getting paid for so many weeks, he came to her and asked her if she needed any money in the meantime to hold her over--how could he help?
He was willing to take his money and give it to her to help her through until her paycheck would arrive.
That is extremely powerful.
How many of you know a boss that would do that for you now or ever?
You see he was not only willing to step in and make some calls (which may or may not have helped anyway), but he was actually willing to pony up money from his own self/family (and which I understand he did not have a lot of either) and give it to her.
This is caring. This is giving. This is selflessness.
I am awed of people of this personal and moral character.
These are people to emulate.
There is a difference between a work environment that is purely work and get the job done, and those few and very special places still out there that have family values (and which at least try to think of you and treat you as part of some sort of an "extended family").
No work is not family...but decent people in any situation--in the office or on the Metro--can make a difference in someone else's life.
To me this is a story worth retelling and reliving for others to benefit. ;-)
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)