Shades of Gray


I was a Safety Manager in manufacturing for 20 years and a Human Resources Manager for 15. While I was a Human Resources Manager I had a chance encounter with a Safety Manager who was visiting my site. We had a discussion about the difference between the two professions.

“I could never be a Human Resources Manager,” he said. “Everything is a shade of gray. I like things to be black and white. In the safety profession, everything is black and white. Something is either safe or it isn’t.”

“Well, that’s where you and I are different.” I answered. “That’s why I got out of the safety business and into the human resources business. Because I see everything in shades of gray.”