[MMM] Making Work More Human

June 20, 2016 | The “Better” Edition


Good Monday Morning,


Back in the 90s was my first experience with seeing a colleague get a hair transplant. It was early days in that booming industry and let’s just say I don’t think the Doc did that great job on his scalp. Maybe I was paying attention knowing my future follicular challenges.


In my 20s and 30s I had a full head of hair on my scalp. Yes, those were the days of hair dryers & gel. Then it happened. One by one they moved on. I am quite ok with being “hair challenged” and I have no plans to visit the hair replacement specialist. Thank goodness I have a nicely shaped head.


Which brings me to my main point. Not about hair, but about Moe the Barber. The irony is that the shorter my hair is, the more I have to see Moe. Moe is a relatively new relationship in my life.


He does great work running his modern day barber shop, and is quite a character. It’s a cool environment and he is equally interesting. What I love about Mo is that he knows each of his clients by name. He knows who they are as people. He treats everyone like a human who has a story.


Why does that matter?


Talent. Resources. Capital. These are all common words used in the industry that I am a part of. I believe people mean what they say.


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See, Moe doesn’t treat his clients like resources, capital, or talent.


For my colleague getting the hair transplant, the heart of the matter was that this was what he desired. To be seen, valued, and accepted, as unique and of value. Why I feel so strongly about the work that I do is the need for all of us to find a place that treats us as individuals with uniques gifts, and strengths, and purpose. Not as commodities to be bought or traded.


We need to know that we all matter.


You matter….


Along the road with you!




P.S. We take the human approach when it comes to restructuring. CareerJoy provides many options for employers including our 1-1 outplacement support programs to help individuals move forward in a compassionate, practical, and budget-friendly way. Contact Lee Grant, VP Corporate, at 1-877-256-2569 x 400 or lee.grant@careerjoy.comfor details.


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