As you may have guessed, I’m working in Paris, living in its suburbs, and just like my countrymen and women, I was shocked by the tragic events of Friday, November 13. I am lucky enough not to have known any victims, but my thoughts and those of everyone in France go to them and their families.
The point I wanted to make here is that during this terrible night, all France-based employees of Cornerstone were contacted by our HR manager. Thanks to this, and many SMS’s sent between ourselves, we knew very soon that no one from the team was among the fatalities.
It was a simple gesture, and it took her only a few minutes, but it meant a lot to everyone, because it showed that we were a true community, where we did care about one another in such exceptional and sad times. Of course, this will not change our daily jobs nor our relationships, but it was also an indication that we share more than just an office space. It was the same sense of belonging we felt some weeks ago when two colleagues in Europe passed away unexpectedly, and everyone was invited to join in and share their memories.
The corporate life might be demanding, sometimes difficult, or even cruel at times. Yet it is also a gathering of human beings, a network of individuals with their lives and emotions. At the basis of any relationship, including the one between employee and employer, there should be trust and respect. With such actions, our HR manager definitely demonstrated she cared for us and showed respect.
For this I thank her.
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