We pulled into Home Depot to pick up some supplies—yes, I said pulled in. Three weeks ago, the tornado’s malice turned Joplin’s Home Depot into rubble. Macabre winds made a victim of the store’s manager as well.
“I lost my house. I was afraid I had lost my job too,” said one employee. As soon as it was over, Home Depot, began rebuilding. I asked a couple employees why and their mission was clear ‘we have to rebuild so that we can help others rebuild.’ In the two weeks it took to get an operational drive-through, Home Depot told all of its employees not to worry—you have a job, take 3 weeks and know that you will be paid as if you worked for those three weeks. All 97 employees received three weeks paid time off.
Thanks, Home Depot, for doing the right thing. I hope that others follow your lead.