Ode to Bank of America
BofA has to be one of the absolute best employers on the planet! They realize the asset that their employees are and they treat us accordingly. Ever since I came out I have never felt "safe" at work. There was always someone who let it be known they were anti-gay and went out of their way to be vocal about it. The companies I worked for did nothing to promote a safe and comfortable workplace. BofA is on the opposite end of that spectrum.
When I went in for my Assessment I checked out the magazines on the table in the waiting area....other than big coffee table books about Washington, Montana & Idaho the only other reading material was current and back issues of Diversity, Inc. While waiting for the others to arrive I started studying the employees that walked by. I do this wherever I go...it tells you a lot about a company. In the midst of the stereotypical looking bankers were many chubbies (that right there made me more comfortable!), a tran (-vestite or -gender I don't know...I was just happy to see her and to see the acceptance surrounding her.), flamers, and a couple of women that were either "familly" or simply masculine-straight women. I was feeling right at home! I also noticed the varied ages....from kids right out of high school to folks past retirement age. What an incredibly diverse group of people! Simply watching the parade of folks heading home for the day or just arriving to work told me more about BofA than any pamphlet or video could have.
Attitude is another criteria I zone in on.....I really don't want to work somewhere full of tension and stress. The easy-going nature of the employees and the friendly ways they interacted put me at ease. Most of the folks I saw looked like they enjoyed each other and their jobs. After spending about 20 mins watching life at BofA, I knew I really wanted to work there. I wanted to be a part of what I had witnessed.
Every night when I walk into the front doors I'm thankful that I am a part of such an incredible company full of fun, caring, accepting, & diverse people. I am blessed.