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Elevating Gratefulness

June 2, 2020




Prior to COVID-19 and now the social/racial uproar happening in our country, I’ve always had gratitude towards the people and organizations that allowed me to be where I am today. Now I have found that my gratitude has been elevated. Today is the day I share why…

My company.. #mycompany:

I have been at J&J Vision for over 5 years now. When I landed this role I was going through a very challenging transition period having recently become a mother in the midst of a total-loss house fire. In an almost serendipitous way, the timing felt right to be placed here. I didn’t know then the foundation in which this company was built on would be the driving force igniting unimaginable passion and love for my work. The foundation I am referring to is my company’s declaration, our credo.

1.     “We believe our first responsibility is to the patients, doctors and nurses, to mothers and fathers and all others who use our products and services. In meeting their needs everything we do must be of high quality.” These are the first two sentences of the J&J Credo. I’ve always stood behind these words. As a passionate sales representative it’s my job to advocate for my client. J&J vision has made me feel safe and just in doing so. COVID-19 heightened my awareness of our credo’s importance through actions. I’ve seen this credo come alive, by providing resources that go above and beyond just support. The turnaround time of immediate execution of solutions and resources for our struggling clients/business owners has been a heartfelt statement and representation of our ACUVUE brand name. I am so very proud and… grateful!

 

2.     The second paragraph in the J&J Credo begins “We are responsible to our employees who work with us throughout the world. We must provide an inclusive work environment where each person must be considered as an individual. We must respect their diversity and dignity and recognize their merit.” This statement is profound in so many ways. What stood out to me immediately was the usage of the word “individual”. As I reflect on why this was such an impactful word, I realized by us removing the individual from the perceived group, has contributed to the turmoil we see across the country. If we were to focus solely on the individual rather than categorize people into groups, I wonder if we may appreciate that person more and in the end love more freely. I believe that to be so. I am grateful this credo highlights us all, individually. The product of this is me, whole-heartedly appreciating my company to allow me to find solace in my quirky ways. I’ve never felt more at home, free in my unique form. Once again, I am so very proud and… grateful!

 I share these personal thoughts in hopes to be a catalyst for others to find intentional ideas/actions for a more inclusive work environment: one focusing on how there is beauty in the individual and by working together as our unique selves, are capable of so much. Be well!