A few weeks ago, my job was expanded to include another plant under my human resources umbrella. I introduced myself to the General Manager and the office and production employees. I started with the personal.
“My partner and I have two children. They are 14 years old. We adopted them from Guatemala as infants.”
I shared my philosophy of human resources. I view my human resources department as a service to employees. I explained how they would see me on the manufacturing floor. I welcomed them to stop me and ask for a W2 form, address change form, vacation slip, etc.
I marveled that I could bring me to them. The all of me. Specifically, having a partner.
It wasn’t that long ago that I never mentioned the word ‘partner’ at work. I kept the personal to myself. I wanted people to judge my human resources style not my personal life.
What changed for me was that same sex marriage became legal in Minnesota on August 1, 2013.
I am legitimate. I don’t need to hide behind unspoken words. I don’t need to say anything about my personal life. Or, I can.
It’s been 4 years of living in a different world.
It’s a good thing for all of us.