American Hospitality--Especially at Thanksgiving
I realise it's a bit of a cliche, but Air Products REALLY IS all about its people; and while this is only an anecdote, it embodies the spirit that our company reflects.
During part of my career with Air Products, I found myself on a six-month assignment in North America, leaving my wife and two young sons behind. I had the opportunity to visit many of our operating sites on the east coast, from St Augustin in Canada to Orlando in the southern U.S. During this period, I met many fine people of varying cultures.
At the end of November, I found myself at the Thanksgiving holiday, a celebration we don't have in England. So was at a loose end, recognising the office and operating plant staff would be less than keen for me to be around as they were shutting up shop for the vacation.
However, the HR manager at the time insisted I join him, his wife, and all his children for their Thanksgiving celebration. Needless to say, I was the only non-family member, the only non-American, but they welcomed me into their home, as if I was both!
Acts of kindness such as this resonate and thread through the fabric of our company, for which we can all count our blessings.