Letters to the editor have historically been a dominant form of political and social discourse in our democratic society. The practice has existed since the dawn of journalism. Even as mobile technology and social media have taken off in the last decade, the tried-and-true letter to the editor has continued to survive.
Throughout my career in local government I have become very accustomed to reading letters to the editor on a wide range of city topics. Letters have covered almost every area of our operations - property taxes, police and fire services, parks and recreation, snow plowing, transportation, housing, economic development, elections. You get the picture. And in many cases, the letters express satisfaction, frustration, confusion or a combination of all three.
One area that is not often covered in a letter to the editor is the human resources function of an organization. That is why my interest was piqued with a recent letter to the editor in the Eden Prairie News from an applicant for an open position within our City.
I will share the letter-
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Dear Sir or Madam:
I recently experienced a most unusual event in today’s world of job searching. After applying for a position with the City, I received two emails in 5 days from a live person notifying me of my status. If a computer was used in the selection process, it was completely transparent. Anyone in the job market knows this is definitely not the norm.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get the job. However, I received emails from 2 city HR employees cordially advising me of the decision.
After an experience like this, I’m going to keep trying for a job with the City! Like many organizations, the City’s Employment Opportunity website states “We are an organization with leaders who value our employees and understand that each individual impacts our success.” If they treat applicants as individuals, then I want to work in an organization that walks their talk.
Kudos to the City’s Human Resources Department.
Sincerely, Ann Davies Minnetonka
I have to say the letter is even more impressive to me because Ms. Davies was not ultimately chosen for the open position. It is also a positive affirmation of the great work that our Human Resources team performs under the radar every day.