NEED A WORK CULTURE POLICY

While the government recently issued order for regulating use of social media by its employees which has been widely termed as gag-order for the employees especially by those in the opposition and separatist camps, it would have been much better, had the government come out with a work culture policy for its employees with the regulation on use of social media by the employees being made part of it. It is an acknowledged fact that work culture in the state of Jammu & Kashmir has become a subject of ridicule and pity. In government offices it is far below the optimum standards and at the same time in the private sector it is no good too with of course a few exceptions. Getting any work done in any government office is the worst nightmare for common man who every six years exercises his/her right to franchise to elect sincere and honest representative to the state as well as the central legislature. The experience is all the more traumatic if the common man who approaches the Babus in government establishments, is poor and illiterate. With the BJP-PDP coalition having taken up the reins of the state a lot of hope had got generated regarding the improvement of work culture in the government offices but given the position on ground it seems that there has been no movement forward despite the claims of development and good governance by the coalition partners. Whenever there will be talk of good governance the work culture at least in the government offices needs to be brought to an average level if not to the peak of excellence. It is a stark reality that work culture across our society is far below the required levels not to talk of optimum level. Every sector even at the family level suffers from work culture poverty. It is really an irony that despite majority of officials working in the government as well as the private sector being commoners from amongst us only, undergo a drastic transition on occupying the official seat forgetting that they too shall have to face the same trauma while getting their work done in some other establishment. So the basic necessity is to realize that it is basically we the commoners who will have to change or else all the future generations will have to face the menace of corruption which is a direct off-shoot of lack of work culture in offices. It needs to be realized that improving our work culture is not just an option but a dire necessity. In the present day scenario of global race of human civilisation, J&K can under no circumstances afford to ignore the aspect of improving the work culture or even carrying it at snail’s pace. A long-term policy to introduce corporate culture across different establishments is the best option available besides cultivating upright people who are honest and competent managers. The simplest definition of work culture is that it is the quality of doing a task using one’s best abilities in best possible time which clearly signifies the essence of time factor. Today the ‘Eight Rules Key’ to ensure optimum work culture stands widely acknowledged globally. These eight rules include Hire the right people, Communicate, Tend to the weeds, Work hard, play hard, Be ambitious, Celebrate differences, Create the space and Take the long view. Besides these rules de-stressing of employees/workers is yet another significant factor in this direction and adopting five days week working is the best available option for de-stressing. It is therefore expected of the present BJP-PDP coalition government that it would rise to the occasion and soon come out with a comprehensive ‘Work Culture Policy’ for its employees as that undoubtedly will be the ultimate key to Good Governance.