I had the opportunity to eat lunch with a great group of people today at Millwood, Inc. Every Tuesday and Thursday they have lunch prepared in their cafeteria. Today they had delicious cheeseburgers on what seemed like pretzel buns… delicious. Anyway, I digress. After lunch they had a special guest deliver a short devotion and then were getting ready to close in prayer. Before they closed in prayer, the human resources director informed the group that a member of the Millwood family had been sent home from the hospital and they were stopping Chemo on his stage 4 cancer. Life doesn’t seem fair sometimes. What happened next is something that simply doesn’t happen in A LOT of companies across the country.
At the urging of the company president, everybody in the room stood around and grabbed hands in a circle as we were all led in prayer by the HR director. It was really touching and almost surreal, I felt really out of place because I didn’t know the person they were praying for and had no connection to him other than the deep concern and sadness I felt in the room from the people who did know him.
What was great about the experience for me was that I was standing in the middle of a family made of a coworkers. It was an amazing work environment. Everybody seemed to love their job and execute it with excellence. As the leader of an organization (a very small one compared to this large corporation) I hope I am able to create an environment for my staff and volunteers that is as welcome and inviting as I was in the middle of today.
Thanks Millwood for the experience and the lesson.