Keep calm, carry on, boomers (Guest commentary)

Individuality, self-expression in younger generations
By Roger Davies
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/03/2010

I probably wouldn’t have hired Mary and I would have been wrong. One of my senior managers did the hiring and I was worried about the fit, armed with my preconceived notions and values. I was frankly concerned she was “different” from previous hires.

“I won’t be offended if you mention that I’m pierced, tattooed, my hair’s a hot mess and you think my fashion sense leaves something to be desired,” Mary told me while I drafted this column.

Despite my concerns, Mary turned me around. She does a good job, makes few mistakes and is an important part of our team, which I acknowledged to her recently. Her comment: “Don’t judge a book by its cover.”