Doing your fair share

William T. Robinson, Jr.

William T. Robinson, Jr.

In most groups and organizations there usually exist a small core group of committed workers doing the tedious job of keeping that group afloat. I’m referring to a handful of people who voluntarily do the necessary but unglamorous job behind the scenes needed so the overall group can benefit or reach their objectives. All too often we are talking about people who may have originally volunteered or may be someone originally picked by a group because no one else would volunteer to perform that service.

Unfortunately, too many times dedicated members get typecast to do jobs that other members refuse to do. It is often taken for granted by the membership in many organizations that these sometimes reluctant but reliable workers can always be counted on to come through. We must remember that these sometimes unrecognized and overworked people are human beings and get tired, thus warranting more support from members to come forward and relieve them of some of the load. There is a big difference when you have candidates willingly competing for offices where they feel they have the expertise and talents to better serve the membership opposed to members who are literally put on the spot to accept responsibilities out of their comfort zone or jobs they really don’t care for. But for the good of the organization, you find members reluctantly accepting assignments or tasks when there are other members so much more qualified but unwilling.

When a person works diligently giving 100% time after time but sees little effort by other members to pull their fair share, it eventually become old–and burnout may occur. In some cases those doing most of the work become resentful and eventually leave the group. It is the hope of many of those burdened with excessive work that they will eventually be relieved or more members will volunteer to help them.

It should be a collaborative effort by all members in a group to do their fair share, working congruously to make a group effective in reaching objectives. If you belong to so many organizations that you can’t find time to offer some of your time or meet your financially responsibilities then you are doing many of these groups an injustice. I was once told that a person who has a resume inundated with pages of organizations is a person who is not doing much of anything and is incapable of giving 100% to any of them.

Many people find excuses to rationalize their inability to adequately support organizations of which they claim to be a part. Time and family commitments seem to be the greatest factor for explaining lack of participation in organizations. But how do you think your time is more important than other members? I truly believe people find the time and finances to do what they really want to do.

These days there is a great cry for activism and not just talking. While the norm is that a handful of members do most of the work in carrying any organization, there should be an effort to change this practice. It is important that participants in groups come aboard willing to do their part. It is not fair that a handful of members do most of the work, but then the whole group gets credit–especially those reaping the benefits after doing absolutely nothing. Just think how smooth and easier it would be if every member pulled their fair weight in civic and social organizations serving the public.

Worker’s burnout would be eliminated and a more respectful and cohesive environment would exist among the organizations and groups as they worked toward implementing their objectives.

Can you honestly say you do your fair share in supporting the organizations in which you claim membership?