Get organized and involved
By Jean Ricot Dormeus
The World Health Organization (WHO)’s COVAX initiative has put on a pedestal, if proof were necessary, the vital importance of getting organized and involved. By June 2021, COVAX had raised over $10 billion and distributed over 80 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to 127 developing countries. Even though greater efforts are still on the cards, we can see clearly how the wealth, knowledge, and skills of the one benefit the many. Coming together and getting organized for a noble purpose points to an ingenious path to serving humanity.
In fact, leaders, pioneers, and go-getters understand the power of involvement, belonging and synergy to effect change or break new ground. Hermits and lone wolves are limited in their reach. Hence the need to join forces with like-minded people and contribute through a grouping such as an organization.
According to a BetterUp study on social belonging in the workplace , “if workers feel like they belong, companies reap substantial bottom-line benefits. High belonging was linked to a whopping 56% increase in job performance, a 50% drop in turnover risk, and a 75% reduction in sick days. Employees with higher workplace belonging also showed a 167% increase in their employer promoter score (their willingness to recommend their company to others). They also received double the raises, and 18 times more promotions.”
Addressing the importance of getting involved, Maya Angelou wrote, “When you do nothing you feel overwhelmed and powerless. But when you get involved you feel the sense of hope and accomplishment that comes from knowing you are working to make things better.”
It is in your best interest to resist the attraction of loneliness and to get involved through a grouping of your liking. In addition to serving and impacting your community, you will satisfy your need to belong and find opportunities to learn and grow. By all means, get organized and involved.
Jean Ricot Dormeus
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