Full-Timer, Part-Timer, Volunteer

People often told me that they do not need to do so much just because they are part-timers or worse, volunteers! Some people on the other side of the fence confided in me that they cannot ask for more because these people are volunteers or part-timers! Let’s study this :

Who are the Full-timers? Full-time employment is employment in which the employee works the full number of hours defined as such by his/her employer (Wikipedia). Here, the employees are obliged to give their full attention and commitment to their career growth. Their essential three meals and lifestyle count on it. No issue here as everyone knows where he/she stands.

What about Part-timers. A part-time job is a form of employment that carries fewer hours per week than a full-time job (Wikipedia). If I may say so, though you work for several hours only, 100% commitment is still expected of you. It does not mean that, since you cut your hours of work by half, you can also cut your commitment by half. You still have to apply prudence and full accountability during that 3 to 4 hours of work!

For full-time career woman cum wife cum mother, by the measure of hours spent in carrying out her roles, may I say that she is a part-timer as wife and mother? If I may say so, would the society expect any less of her in carrying out her duties as a wife and a mother? Whilst she puts in 100% into her full-time job, she is also expected to put in 100% being a wife and mother!

Now, let’s look at the Volunteers. Volunteering is the practice of people working on behalf of others or a particular cause without payment for their time and services. Volunteering is generally considered an altruistic activity, intended to promote good or improve human quality of life….(Wikipedia). Again, I personally feel that when one volunteers, he/she is confident in carrying out the responsibilities without thinking of self-interest. This act of volunteering is serving others selflessly, filled with sincerity and love for sharing.

Though volunteering work requires only a couple or so hours, and do not get paid for the “labour” provided, that doesn’t mean we should think so little of it. It is usually a weekly task or on ad-hoc basis. Whatever it is, once we have agreed to be a volunteer, let us join forces to make it work! Everyone comes from different backgrounds, possesses different skills and knowledge. We shall learn from one another and give without expecting anything in return.

I would conclude that regardless how much time you spent working, you are still capable to give your 100% to your other tasks in hand. It’s a matter of “would you or would you not”, NOT “could you or couldn’t you”.

Like my mentor used to say to me, “Be the best of who you are!”. Aim to be the best Full-timer / Part-timer / Volunteer! You’ll be most pleased with the end result, better than what money can buy, trust me!

~ Alice N.


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