IMPROVING WORK CULTURE

Editorial GREATER JAMMU

Though the government is initiating multiple measures in an effort to improve the work culture across the Union Territory especially in the Govt departments, yet the desired results continue to be far from satisfaction. It seems that the reason for not achieving the desired results is that there is no specific work culture policy rolled out for its employees by the Govt till date. There may be scattered rules in different legislations and statutory orders not dealing directly with the subject but specifically tailored rules and regulations for the subject are not visible anywhere. The end result is that the work culture in the Union Territory 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 representatives to the legislatures. The experience is all the more traumatic if the common man who approaches the Babus in government establishments, is poor and illiterate. While the working dynamism of the incumbent Lt Governor Manoj Sinha had generated a lot of hope 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 except at the highest corridors of power in the Union Territory. The work culture is nowhere visible in the subordinate and lower rung offices. The end result is that the strongest of efforts in the higher corridors of power get crippled due to the traditional lethargic approach and attitude of the officials working at the subordinate offices. The work culture at least in the government offices craves for serious attention today and needs to be brought to an average level if not to the peak of excellence. Every sector even at the family level suffers from work culture poverty. 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 Union Territory can under no circumstances afford to ignore the aspect of improving the work culture. 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. There are certain key rules to ensure optimum work culture that stand acknowledged globally. These include Hire the right people, Communicate, Weeding out non performers, 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 UT Administration that it would rise to the occasion and soon come out with a comprehensive ‘Work Culture Policy’ for its employees in the interest of the people of J&K at large.