Sometimes I get so discouraged by the selfishness of society that I really just don't like people at all. Then, there are conversations like this one:
Yesterday in our management meeting we were discussing an employee who lost his stepmother (the only "mom" he ever knew, the woman who raised him....not an EOWE states-away stepmom) over the weekend and had a baby born on Monday. He's really struggling financially and emotionally right now. Only took off 1 day of work during all of this.
We were discussing what we could do to help. One manager pipes up, "he can have the rest of my PTO for the year." And then another, "I've got 16 hours he can have." And then another, "He can have 8 of mine too." Before we knew it, we had decided to write off these volunteered PTO hours (essentially 8 hours from each manager) and write the employee a check for $1000.
I love that. I love it that the first person had the gumption to speak up, and I love that everyone followed suit. I love that I work for a small company that has the leeway to do things like that for employees. Warmed my heart.
Does your company ever do things like this when employees need it?