Have you ever lost a friend, family member, or co-worker? Most of us have experienced separation and death in some way and the impact is a very personal thing.
The recent accidental death of a high school classmate got me thinking not just of the pain of loss, but also the vacuum created when someone you count on is gone. The news of my classmate’s death saddened me and I thought about how difficult it must be for his family.
It struck me, while at his visitation, how much impact he had on his family, friends, and the town in which he lived. It was clearly evident that he was appreciated in his life, but it wasn’t until his passing that many, including me, came to realize just how important he was to his community. He was a volunteer firefighter, business owner, bus driver and according to many, a man who could fix anything. He was a guy others relied on to keep things running.
Do you have people in your workplace that others rely on to keep things running? What would happen if they were suddenly gone? Many companies and communities have unsung heroes who go about their jobs and do the right thing, not because they have to, but rather because that is who they are.
As employers, it is very important to acknowledge those employees, appreciate them and encourage others to emulate them. If a company forgets to care about its unsung heroes, those heroes may leave, and take with them their knowledge, relationships and just plain know-how.
Leaders and supervisors—get out there and find those employees who keep things running. Let them know how important they are while you still can.