To Be or Not To Be…

You know a couple of weeks back our Director of Marketing Laura Hudson came to my partner Eric and myself and asked if she could no longer wear the wigs that she had been wearing for years around the office.

You see, she has Alopecia. The National Alopecia Areata Foundation defines the condition as this… Alopecia areata is a prevalent autoimmune skin disease resulting in the loss of hair on the scalp and elsewhere on the body. It usually starts with one or more small, round, smooth patches on the scalp and can progress to total scalp hair loss (alopecia totalis) or complete body hair loss (alopecia universalis). This is not a condition that is contagious and no Laura does not have cancer…

Now as some of you know, wigs can be extremely uncomfortable depending on what you have to do to keep it on your head. And in the summertime they can be extremely hot as well… We of course said yes…

But it saddens me to learn from her, that a great majority of the employers in our world today see this as a problem. A situation that makes clients and co-workers uncomfortable. WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE…. Unless my clock has been turned back and we have been transported back to the1960’s, we don’t judge people by their outward appearance. We embrace people for who they are… Look dear friends, I’m overweight, but don’t judge me because of my size, judge me for my job performance… Judge me for who I am…

We know Laura to be an extremely competent and capable Director of Marketing. Her job performance is not based on if she has hair or not. It’s on her work ethics and character. Which by the way, are beyond compare.

And our staff and clients see her no different today as they saw her last week. They see her as just Laura… Well sometimes crazy Laura but that’s for an other Blog on another day… LOL…

My fellow employers, don’t allow yourself to be dragged down by corporate stereotypes. If this were a man, the question wouldn’t even be asked… If one of your female employees comes to you with a request like this, don’t be frightened or concerned, be encouraged… Embrace your employees for being maybe alittle different… It’s what makes your company unique from all of the rest. Walk a mile in their shoes… Maybe put a wig on yourself and see what its like… See your people as not just an employee, but as a person with unique needs and capabilities. I know you will be glad you did…

So when the question comes up To Be Or Not To Be “BALD” I say YES… Will you?