Those of you following Trevor’s great adventure with toilet roll holders may, like me, have become slightly concerned that he may have got himself locked in there, so it’s great news to hear that he is out and about doing good works. As he is hard pressed for time at the moment, I’ve volunteered to fill in for him. With the blog that is, not fitting more toilet roll holders!
For the last year or so, my website has had a weekly column called Random Ramblings, which this month has become a blog. Back on the 18th July I was talking about how some busy professionals were employing ghost bloggers, just as people have employed ghost writers over the years. Well, it seems that it is almost coming to that for Mr Gay!
Like Trevor, I am involved in various voluntary activities. A couple of weeks back we had an email exchange about the pleasures of working for no financial reward. Trevor talked about the joys of working in a voluntary organisation, offering one’s services for free and the great sense of doing something really important, something hugely rewarding.
From my perspective I felt it demonstrated that money is a necessary evil, rather than something most of are particularly bothered about for its own sake. Job satisfaction – feeling that you are making a difference is far more important. Maybe more employers should capitalize on this, not as a means of under-rewarding staff but to get a greater contribution from them. Trevor often talks about letting the front line get on with things, as they are the experts. I totally agree. By trusting people and giving them as much responsibility as they want and are capable of handling, they are likely to be happier people. And it is said that happy employees mean happy customers.
It never ceases to amaze me just how many people in the UK are involved with voluntary activities of one sort or another, and how many organisations doing fantastic work rely largely or entirely on donations to enable them to keep going. It is also revealing how many high profile people support voluntary organisations, both with money and with their time. Much of this is done in a distinctly low profile way that doesn’t make it into the media.
Many years ago I heard a story about the newspaper magnate, Roy Thomson, later to become Baron Thomson of Fleet. He was asked to help a charity. He declined to give money as that was easy for a rich person. Instead he offered his time, which to him was a far more valuable commodity. I am sure that Trevor would agree at the moment.