You may or may not have heard of the school shooting in Finland yesterday. It created quite a buzz here at work because the corporate headquarters is in Finland.
This morning we learned that one of the people killed was the wife of one of our fellow employees.
It instantly went from an internal “that is horrible” to “OMG that hurts!” I don’t know this guy who lost his wife, but the fact that I have a distant connection to him, it suddenly made the news personal.
I guess it’s in our nature, somehow, that when you work for a company — no matter how big — at some deep level you feel like you’ve joined an extended family. Anything that happens to a member of a family is more immediate and intense than if its a stranger.
At least that’s what I figure.