So while a lot of people think of 9/11 as the beginning of this stupid war, politics and a shift towards terrorism-inspired paranoia, we really need to remember the very human aspect of that day. So many lives were lost. Moms and dads. Sons and daughters. Brothers and sisters. Friends and family. Sandler O'Neill has a lovely site set up to honor those they lost here. I truly recommend you read the article, though. It is inspiring to say the least.
6 Years Later
I wasn't going to do the 9/11 memorial post because, well, it's been done. However, last night in my Human Resource Management (HRM) class, we discussed a firm that I feel warrants acknowledgement. We read this article about how Sandler O'Neill rebuilt after their devastating loss on 9/11. This? Is a company that should set the standard of how all other companies should be. It seems as though in this day and age, we forget about the very human aspect of a business. One is made to feel that they are replaceable. If, God forbid, I died tomorrow, someone else would have to take my place. But? What happens when you lose half of your employees? Does business just go on as usual? No. It goes on, but it certainly calls for a re-evaluation of what is really important. Is it location, location, location? Is it all profits and dollars? We mentioned Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs to sort of put things in perspective.