Many Americans remember exactly where they were when they learned of the attacks on September 11th. Personally, I was just starting my commute to work since I was on the West Coast and the time difference is significant. Since I worked in an environment that didn’t allow personal internet or radios, once I got to work I spent that day wondering if the world had ended. What made it much worse was that my (at that time) boss spent much of the day at home watching on the tv and coming back into the office to make sure we were working. It felt terrible and the day seemed to take forever. It wasn’t until I got home that night and started watching the tv that I actually realized the enormity of what had happened that day.
Many of us work as Human Resources professionals, or are supervisors or managers. When tragedy happens, how do you handle it in your workplace?
Where were you that day, and how did you handle work?
p.s. – My sister sent me the video “BOATLIFT” (Tom Hanks narrates the epic story of the 9/11 boatlift that evacuated half a million people from the stricken piers and seawalls of Lower Manhattan. Produced and directed by Eddie Rosenstein.) I cried (in a good way) watching it as courage, resiliance and collaboration during a horrific time is the theme in this video. Please note - there are many links and articles today, and to some it is overwhelming to be reminded. You understandably might want to skip watching.