Dylan had often got his hands dirty in the workshop in the past and had proved to be of some worth with a spanner on those occasions, so naturally we said yes.
When the time came for Dylan to join us it was a dark day for him. He started on the Monday but on the weekend past he had learnt of the death of his teenage cousin. We did not know the cousin but knew he was battling his illness over the past year or so and on that weekend he had lost that battle.
This obviously had affected Dylan and he was not himself for that week. To his credit he stuck with it, he did the tasks needed and was more then willing. It was something we had not ever thought we would have to deal with but in reality this is a real issue in workplaces that we may yet have to face again in the future. How do you assist a grieving college or employee whilst still insuring the job gets done?
The reality is that there are times in team members lives where there are more important things and it was important for us to recognise that.
A few years down the track we found out from Dylan that it was just the distraction he needed and possibly helped him with his grieving process. We may have worked him too hard that week as he has since decided he does not want a career in the automotive world but in fact wants to get into radio. We are fortunate enough to still have Dylan in the shop from time to time helping us out and maybe in the future we could have him again but hopefully at a time when life has not caused him such pain.