A couple of years ago, the HP Retired Employee Club newsletter published a wonderful poem, written by Norena Gutierrez, a 23-year HR employee, most recently working at Boise. I confess that it left me and a lot of us with a lump in our throat and perhaps a tear in our eyes. It absolutely expressed the way most of us felt inside, as we looked back on our own decades of hard work for OUR company. I decided that I would like to include it in my Narrative History of HP to express in a real way our love for our workplace.
Although the HPREC newsletter noted that Norena was an HP Retiree living in Spain, it turned out that she was still working in Boise. I contacted her and asked for permission to reproduce her words in my Narrative, which she approved. But the really bad news was that she had just been told that she had been Work Force Managed (WFM). WFM, a nasty little modern business acronym (and euphemism) which means you are out of a job. The term hides a strange feeling for most of us because on one hand we know that the external business situation has forced drastic organizational downsizing upon HP and Agilent. But on the other hand, we all know personally some of those thousands of people similarly affected. In this case, Norena has prepared for her future life in real estate, and we thank her for her dedicated service and wish her well. Happy Trails, Norena.
When I told Marc that I would like to include Norena's insightful poem, I tried again to contact her in Boise, but so far have not been successful, even though she shows up on Facebook. Nevertheless, I feel that she would approve this appearance of her poem in these person profiles on the web.
-- John Minck
The Lights Will Still Go On at HP
by Norena Gutierrez, September 2005
They say the "lights will still go on at HP" without me here.
I often chose to come in early, work through lunch and stay late.
I will miss the lifelong friends I have made
I will miss that where ever I went in the world,
I will miss the picnics and the beer busts.
Not for the money but because I knew I was a part of something so much greater than myself.
I will miss the laughter and excitement of creating new businesses and improving processes.
I will miss saying I helped create a great HP product.
I would have worked for free for you HP.
I am proud to have been the heart and soul of The HP Way.